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Aristotle gives first place to honor

Aristotle gives first place to honor Honor is not something one generally wills It is something that is conferred by othersOr given by oneself to anotherIt is a characteristic not an action
Aristotle's list of virtues is noted on page 178 of "What Nietzsche Really Said" by Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M. Higgins.They are temperance liberality magnificence justice truthfulness wittiness friendliness and honorthe latter being "all-embracing"
Aristotle's emphasis on honor no doubt lies behind honor's survival as a "value" But honor and these other characteristic are not values They have no essential worthThey are possible virtues and nothing more
Indeed honor is what Shakespeare correctly observed via Falstaff died on Wednesday.a mere scutcheon
The future of the world lies in the embrace of conscious willed valueschosen because they help us to survive
Aristotle has no workable value systemYet his thought rules It has not worked to keep us from the r…

Aristotle bases his ethics on character and virtue rather than will

Aristotle set the stage for ethics discussion But Aristotle bases his ethics on character and virtue rather than will Now Western thought has a "value system" based not on will but on honor Aristotle's overarching virtue
Values and will are one Values create history and culture Values transcend character Values transcend virtue Values are the desires of the heart Jesus understands all of this Aristotle appears not to
Only the will is capable of desire Values are desires They are not characteristics They are motivations. Their power is realized as they become conscious and operative
All of us operate on values that represent what we most honor what we give the most credence towhat moves us.
Search the terms value and virtue in the text of Aristotle's "Ethics" You will find virtue and character For Aristotle value is merely a word denoting relative advantage in relationships


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