Aristotle- Nicomachean Ethics

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In Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle, he makes claims that there are six different types of people. He says that there is the godlike person, the virtuous person, the continent person, the incontinent person, the vicious person and the brutish person. However, the average person is between the virtuous person and the continent person. Even though, Aristotle explains that the continent person is less virtuous than the virtuous person I disagree. The continent person must overcome their struggles whereas the virtuous person has no struggle to overcome therefore is not as virtuous because they do not have to make the moral decisions that the continent person has to make. To Aristotle a virtuous person is a person who does the right action and does not struggle with his desires at all. A continent person, on the other hand, is a person who does the right action but struggles to overcome his desires to do the wrong thing. Aristotle explains this difference by saying,“ For the continent and temperate[virtuous] person are both the sort to do nothing against reason because of bodily pleasures, but the continent person has base appetites, whereas the temperate[virtuous] person lacks them” (NE, VII, ch.9, sec. 6). Aristotle also conveys that he believes the virtuous person is more honorable because “he is able to avoid bodily pleasures, but not all pleasures, since there are pleasures of the temperate [virtuous] person too” (NE, VII, ch.12, sec. 7). While the continent person does eventually chose the right action it is more of a deliberation from him to come to a choice because he is aware of the wrong decision as well. The virtuous person does not at all go through this deliberation process because he is not aware of the wrong decision. This explains that Aristotle, while he still thinks that the continent person is a better person then most of the rest, believes
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