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The Fabric of Character: Aristotle's Theory of Virtue

Nancy Sherman


The Fabric of Character explores Aristotle's account of virtuous character and its development. I argue that traditional conceptions of Aristotelian habituation have ignored the critical role of practical reason in both the development of virtue and the emotions constitutive of virtue. Virtue is, thus, neither the product of mindless drill nor of well‐behaved, but ultimately stupid emotions. If the virtuous person is, as Aristotle insists, also practically wise, then the path to a knowing kind of virtue must itself be critical and reflective. Character development is also a social ... More

Keywords: Ancient Philosophy, Aristotle, character, choice, emotions, friendship, moral habituation, moral reasoning, practical reason, practical wisdom

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Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198239178
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198239173.001.0001


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Nancy Sherman, author
Georgetown University
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