Category: Ethics

Ethics, Culture, Philosophy, Psychology

Evidence for Stoicism

Stoicism claims that virtue is the only good and therefore the highest good. Is there any evidence for this? People really do not live like virtue is the highest good. But, do they live as if the respect virtuous people? Do people live like they want to be known as good people? Yes: Human rights …

Ethics, Philosophy

What is a virtue?

Understanding virtue is so crucial for true happiness and success that you should probably read this page even if you don’t intend to read anything else at Virtus et Potentia. Essentially a virtue is a good habit. But what is a habit and what does it mean for a habit to be good? Introduction: Virtues …

Ethics, Christianity, Philosophy

Jesus, Musonius Rufus, and Family

Many scholars suppose that Jesus had a negative view of the nuclear family that was softened by the gospel authors (or that he was inconsistent in his teaching): “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own …

Ethics, Education, Self-Mastery, Philosophy

Socrates to Critobulus

[37]“It appears, Socrates, that you are the sort of friend to help me if I am in any way qualified to make friends: but if not, you won’t make up a story to help me.”“How do you think I shall help you best, Critobulus, by false praise, or by urging you to try to be …

Ethics, Philosophy, Politics

Socrates and Friendship

Socrates was so useful in all circumstances and in all ways, that any observer gifted with ordinary perception can see that nothing was more useful than the companionship of Socrates, and time spent with him in any place and in any circumstances. The very recollection of him in absence brought no small good to his …

Ethics, Philosophy

What They Think

Everybody puts on the brakes before acting when they consider what others will think. I would guess that many refuse to do what is best because of what they think. I am often amazed at how each man loves himself more than others, but cares more for the opinions of others than of himself. If a …

Ethics, Book-Review, Christianity, Philosophy

Book Review: The Gospel of Happiness

Book Review: The Gospel of Happiness: Rediscover Your Faith Through Spiritual Practices and Positive Psychology by Christopher Kaczor Introduction I found out about this book from twitter, when James K.A. Smith mentioned anticipating it’s release. I had never heard of the author before, but he’s an ethics professor with his PhD from Notre Dame. The …

Ethics, Education, Self-Mastery, Philosophy, Spiritual Life

Burning off dead wood

What is a human being and how does it grow? Two men offer helpful and constructive answers can be found below. To be human is to be the sort of creature whose mind can incorporate struggles and trials into itself to become more. Marcus is commenting on the Stoic concept that human beings are rational …

Ethics, Bible, Christianity, Philosophy

Abraham’s Virtues

God Blessed Abraham in All Things Yoram Hazony makes the case that in Genesis, Abraham is painted as a paradigmatically virtuous character. The primary evidence is that while Abraham is not perfect, God has confidence that he will “command his children and his house after him, and they will keep the way of the Lord, …

Ethics, Philosophy

Adler’s Moral Axiom

As far as I can tell, there are three major problems in ethical thinking today: Disconnecting ethics from happiness and therefore thinking that personal well-being and pleasure have nothing to do with ethics. Hedonism: The idea that right and wrong is only a matter of what leads to the highest personal pleasure. In social ethics, this means …