Date of Submission
Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2015 David F McCaslin
Habituation in the Aristotelian tradition claims that we develop our moral virtues through repeated and guided practice in moral actions. His theory provides important insights for moral education and as a result many contemporary philosophers have debated how to properly interpret his writing. This thesis will explore Aristotelian habituation and the competing interpretations surrounding it, namely the cognitivist and mechanical views. It will then criticize the mechanical view and argue that the intrinsic valuation of virtuous actions evidences a cognitivist interpretation of habituation in the Aristotelian tradition.
McCaslin, David F., "The Cognitive Implications of Aristotelian Habituation and Intrinsic Valuation" (2016). CMC Senior Theses. 1245.