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Discusiones Filosóficas

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GARCES GIRALDO, Luis Fernando  and  GIRALDO ZULUAGA, Conrado. Intellectual virtues in Aristotle for the improvement of true acts. discus.filos [online]. 2014, vol.15, n.24, pp.221-241. ISSN 0124-6127.

Aristotelian virtue is a way through which a man becomes a good being and acts according to that virtue. The actions performed will be, then, nice, good and beautiful. The virtuous man, for Aristotle, is the one who judges correctly, and that fact is the base for good living and acting, thus giving happiness to those who practice that virtue. The intellectual virtues in Aristotle are those that accompany the reason and, given the fact they have that reason, virtues govern the soul and prepare it for bringing perfection to true acts. The provisions because of which soul has the truth are: art, science, prudence, wisdom and intellect. This reflection is about art (téchne), prudence (phrónesis) and wisdom (sophía) because those are the virtues that, as they are included in the moral work of Aristotle, will help us to build a bioethical framework for experimenting with animals.

Keywords : Aristotle; phrónesis (prudence); téchne (art); sophía (wisdom); virtue.

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