Aristotle’s virtues were intended to govern the activities of everyday life in Ancient Athens. He
says cultivating these virtues was essential for reaching eudaimonia in his society.
Things have changed a lot since then: slavery is outlawed and women have more rights.
Modern technology has changed the ways that we communicate, and it has also created a lot of
new activities. Perhaps if Aristotle were alive today his set of virtues would look a bit different.
Your task is to update Aristotle’s virtues to better guide us toward eudaimonia in today’s world:
Describe a virtue that governs a new activity of everyday life that is not present in
Aristotle’s list of virtues.
o Be sure to explain the emotions that this virtue regulates and why this virtue is
essential for eudaimonia today.
Reflect on who is able to cultivate this virtue. Is this virtue only attainable by some
members of society? Does your virtue reveal moral flaws in today’s culture?
How do we teach society to cultivate this new virtue?
- Minimum of 2 pages, double spaced, 1 inch margins, Times New Roman
- Cite sources using MLA format when appropriate