Virtue and Its Consequences
Jul 09, 1999
What are the character traits of the virtuous person? What are the consequences of following a given moral code? To answer these questions, we will look at three of the most important moral codes in Western history––Aristotelian, Christian and Kantian––contrasting each with the Objectivist ethics. Dina Garmong will present a brief sketch of the virtuous man, according to each of these three codes, and then examine the approach each code takes, to discover its purpose. Here are some of the issues we will address: given that the most rational ideas win and that Aristotle had a rational, egoistic ethics whose purpose was man's happiness, why didn't Aristotle's ethics gain a following? What is the most grievous sin, according to Christianity, and why? In what ways do the religious and Kantian approaches permeate nearly everyone's moral thinking today, even of those people who explicitly reject these codes, and even of some students of Objectivism? Why is the Objectivist approach to morality revolutionary?