According to Aristotle in the Nicomachean Ethics, can we become virtuous by doing the right thing? Can a person be virtuous without doing the right thing?

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For Aristotle, virtues, or moral excellences, are things that we do. In order to be virtuous one must act virtuously. The most important virtue of all is what Aristotle calls phronesis. This is a practical virtue which determines when it is appropriate to act in a certain way.

So, for instance, in some cases it will be appropriate to display the virtue of courage. In others, such courage would appear reckless and foolish. It all depends on the...

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