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Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


A ncient greek philosophy, ethics [Greek, character, disposition, from êthos , habit, custom; the transliteration of its adjective êthikos is ethics and literally means being concerned with character] êthos is not the same as ethos. Aristotle divided arête ( virtue or excellence) into two kinds: intellectual virtues and êthika arête . The latter is generally translated as moral virtues, although excellence of character or virtue of character might be more accurate. According to Aristotle, êthos is a significant element for us to gain êthika arête , but practical reason is also indispensable. “Virtue of character [of êthos ] results from habit [ ethos ], hence its name ethical, slightly varies from ethos.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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