The Virtue Ethics Series

'We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then, is not an act but a habit' Aristotle

Virtue ethics refers to a collection of ethical philosophies that place an emphasis on being rather than doing; morality stems from the identity or character of the individual rather than being a reflection of the action of the individual.

 

Each moral virtue is a mean between two corresponding vices, one of excess and one of deficiency. Each intellectual virtue is a mental skill or habit by which the mind arrives at truth, affirming what is or denying what is not.

In this context, the halo does not have religious connotations but rather defines the virtue as an achievable state of personal harmony. The open circle, a symbol of enlightenment, reminds us that to be human is to be in the process of movement and growth, incomplete, while at the same time held within perfection.

 

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