Aristotle and Responsibility for our Character In the Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle makes a number of different arguments about virtues. In Book 3 section 5 Aristotle makes a seemly contradictory argument about responsibility and character. He suggests that we are responsible for our character. This would be fine except that we have no control over the circumstances of our birth and the way we are raised and socialized. Based on this argument many people suggest that his argument does not work because it is contradictory. In this essay we are going to argue that this argument actually does work. What most people fail to realize is that Aristotle is concerned with the impact of action. Aristotle argues that we change control the virtue of...The end:
.....e can be virtuous. He can choose to work hard and choose to treat people correctly. We can also decided to not eat too much, drink too much or sleep too much. In this way it can be argued that we can act virtuous despite the circumstances of our birth. In conclusion, even though Aristotle’s argument in Book 3 part 5 does not appear to work it actually does. Aristotle’s argument is that virtue is the result of the actions we decide to take. What we decide to do or don’t do determines if we are virtuous or wicked. Works Cited Aristotle, “Book 3.5” in The Nicomachean Ethics, Oxford World’s Classics, Oxford University Press, 46-49. Pojman , Louis P., Ethics Discovering Right and Wrong, fifth Edition, Thomson Higher Education, Belmont, Ca, 2006.