"How are the moral virtues and practical wisdom acquired? Aquinas’ answer is a remarkable example of his attempt to synthesize philosophy and Christianity. One way to acquire these virtues is, as Aristotle recognized, by habituation and practice. For instance, one can become courageous by doing brave actions in the face of danger and thereby habituating oneself to feel fear and confidence in appropriate ways. Similarly, one can become temperate by acting temperately in the face of tempting pleasures, and just by acting justly in one’s dealings with others."
Monday, July 07, 2008