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Confronting Aristotle's EthicsAncient and Modern Morality$
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Eugene Garver

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226283982

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226284019.001.0001

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Passion and the Two Sides of Virtue

Passion and the Two Sides of Virtue

(p.95) Chapter 4 Passion and the Two Sides of Virtue
Confronting Aristotle's Ethics
University of Chicago Press

This chapter shows that virtue, the good condition of the soul, is the power to perform for their own sake virtuous actions, which have the right relation to both internal and external goods. We always deliberate about what to do. But figuring out what to do puts our souls in the best shape. The rationality of deliberating about what to do explicates how rationally to persuade the passions, and so it is the rationality of practical deliberation that defines the right amount of the passions.

Keywords:   soul, good, virtuous actions, rationality, practical deliberations

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