Essay on Aristotle 's Teachings Of Habituations

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Aristotle’s Teachings of Habituations’ Importance in Virtues and the Good Countless discussions have stormed concerning what makes an action good and what constitutes being virtuous. A variety of different schools of thought attempt to explain where the good comes from; whether it is simply in human nature, if it stems from having strong religious faith, or if achieving the good is even obtainable. Aristotle proposes that even though humans have a tendency towards good character, a great deal of practice is involved to develop such a character. Ergo, experience and habituation is necessary to achieve the good. To fully do this, a thorough understanding of the good must be acquired. Aristotle also explores how prudence effects a truly virtuous character. To discover how humans can maintain a good character, one must first comprehend what the good is. To be good is the objective of which all things aim. For something to be good, it must perform its proper function; simply put, a good cup of coffee or a good pencil (Kemerling). Aristotle also considers the best good. This is that which is desired only for its’ own sake, and for the sake of which all other ends are desired (Kemerling). However, the good of humans cannot be determined through an exact science since this process begins with general principles and forms conclusions. From an ethical standpoint, to evaluate what is good, we must begin with moral judgements before general principles can be reached. Happiness,…

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