Aristotle And Kant : Virtue Ethics

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Aristotle and Kant are great philosophers who have made substantial efforts to focus on the issue of virtue ethics. Virtue ethics is a wide term for principles that focus on the moral act that brings about good values. Aristotle and Kant are virtue ethicist since they attempt to offer moral advice to the society. Most virtue ethicist emulates Aristotle who affirmed that a righteous person should have the ideal traits. These traits originate from natural innermost tendencies but societies need to nurture them. Unlike, deontological theory, eudaemonist do not predominantly ascertain universal principles applicable in the moral state. This research essay discusses Aristotle’s eudaemonist virtue in comparison to Kantian deontological virtue ethics. Although Kantian deontological places greater emphasis on duty, eudaemonist places greater emphasis on virtuous actions to promote happiness or good life.Aristotle’s eudaemonist virtue differs to some degree from that of Deontological ethics. First, Kantian Deontological places greater emphasis on duty while Aristotle places greater emphasis on virtuous actions. Deontology is a Greek word known as “Deon”, which translates as “duty”. Demonologist believes that it is the moral duty to treat others well and with dignity, as well as respect. In simple terms, deontology ethical theory merely focuses on what a rational moral agent can do, and that is duty rather than the consequences of an act. Kant notes that universal law exists; thus, a…
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