I wrote my doctoral thesis on Aristotle’s ethics, specifically on the moral obligations he believes that we owe others. Aristotle’s writings are so dense and powerful that simple sentences often yield profound insights about human life. Such is the case with his remark that excellence (or virtue) is not an act, but a habit. This concept has great potential to improve both our characters and parenting.
We all want to consider ourselves moral, upstanding people, but what does that mean? Have you ever clearly defined it for yourself? There have been two common answers offered by western philosophy. [Read more…]