Virtue – Life – Life RelationshipJune 28, 2021
The qualities that a person must possess in order to take right action are called virtues.
Virtue is the capacity of a person to act in certain ways in the achievement of a goal. In this respect, virtue does not appear only in the moral field. For example; For a wrestler, virtue is primarily to be strong, strong and agile. Such virtues are not moral virtues, but rather virtues.
Moral virtues are the skills, abilities and competencies that an individual must possess in order to realize a “good”. For example; self-control, courage, justice, wisdom, truthfulness, and diligence are virtuous actions. Moral virtues are those that serve to find the “right middle” by moving away from the extremes. Accordingly, the virtue of courage is the right middle between cowardice and uncalculated assertiveness, and the virtue of generosity between extravagance and stinginess. These are virtuous acts. Virtues appear only when they are practiced by humans in life. Because words expressing virtue are not enough to be virtuous. Because the field of virtue is not an informational field but a practical field. That is, the virtues become virtues as soon as they are realized by the person.
Compiled by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Atatürk University Department of Sociology Lecture Notes for Grade 1 “Introduction to Philosophy” and Grade 3 “History of Contemporary Philosophy” (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook