Phronesis 61 (1):3-32 (2016)

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Marta Jimenez
Emory University
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Aristotle ’s claim that we become virtuous by doing virtuous actions raises a familiar problem: How can we perform virtuous actions unless we are already virtuous? I reject deflationary accounts of the answer given in _Nicomachean Ethics_ 2.4 and argue instead that proper habituation involves doing virtuous actions with the right motive, i.e. for the sake of the noble, even though learners do not yet have virtuous dispositions. My interpretation confers continuity to habituation and explains in a non-mysterious way how we become virtuous by doing virtuous actions in the right way.
Keywords action   Aristotle   learning   virtue   disposition   motivation   habituation
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DOI 10.1163/15685284-12341297
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