ETHC445 Week 7 Discussion: Virtuous Person, Virtuous Citizen

Each person owes a duty to himself or herself and to the world to study ethics and to engage in thoughtful debate about what is right, and what is wrong. It is this habit of thinking about and reflecting on ethics that will help you determine the right choices when faced with an ethical dilemma.

Initial Post Instructions
Articulate a moral dilemma wherein one has to show a specific virtue or virtues (it can be any virtue or virtues including honesty, courage, charity/generosity, compassion, etc.)

  • What is the moral dilemma about?
  • What virtue or virtues should be shown? (You are here selecting the best course of action)
  • Why is that virtue or those virtues to be shown?
  • How should the virtue or virtues be expressed, and why in that manner?
  • Apply Aristotle’s golden mean to the dilemma.
  • Tell us how the dilemma involves conflict moral duties (loyalty to community versus to self, professional versus familial duties, national or personal obligations).


Imagine a scenario in which one comes into millions of dollars through the lottery. The said person is then approached by family and friends seeking to get financial benefits. The person can opt to adopt a stingy attitude toward them all or become extravagant. Herein, one has a moral dilemma on how to spend the acquired money. In this case, one is needed to show virtues such as kindness and generosity, in consideration of the people in need. In my view, the person should exercise kindness and share a portion of their acquired money with friends and family. This virtue applies in this case as it is the right thing to do. It would be mean to turn the people away. One can exercise kindness by allocating a reasonable measure to each party per their needs. Also, in exercising kindness, one is not to exercise discrimination as that underscores the virtue…Please click the icon to purchase the full answer at only $5