Aristotle’s Definition of Moral Virtue: Genus and Differentia

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Under the definition of moral virtue to Aristotle mainly from the “genus” and “differentia” moral virtue of two aspects. Define the essence of a thing is the concept of the provisions of the general is the most classic is the “definition =genus + differentia”. That is the definition of a thing explanation, first find out what kind of belongs to the concept that this type of thing universality; and which also have their respective different things or that they own feature, this is the case worse. In a nutshell is, the first thing to classify, that is, he has the universality, and then again to its unique characteristics, which are the personalization will be summarized thus distinguished.


Moral virtue; Virtue; Genus; Differentia

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Aristotle. (2003). Metaphysics. Commercial Press.

Aristotle. (2009). The nicomachean ethics. Oxford University Press.



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