How could a slothful person ever become disciplined? Wouldn’t successfully resisting slothfulness require the virtue of discipline? It seems that many virtue-vice relationships presuppose this sort of paradoxical situation: resisting some vice requires possessing its opposing virtue. But if one already possesses the opposing virtue, did one really ever possess the vice? Maybe talk of degrees is necessary, or perhaps it is possible to possess some vice and its opposing virtue simultaneously.
December 7, 2011
The Virtue Paradox