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Case study involving Aristotles philosophy of virtue.

Baby Boomer Bob is a professionally employed, married man with grown children and grandchildren. He works in a human services agency and lives in a gracious home with his bright, attractive, professionally employed wife.

Bob actively assists in the care of his aged mother, volunteers as a referee for sports events for area youth, and contributes to local charities. Bob is loved by his family and well liked at work. He is moderately successful, although not very ambitious.

Bob used to dream of writing a novel, but he no longer reads fiction or attempts to write creatively. In the privacy of his own home, Bob uses illegal drugs, mostly marijuana, but he also snorts a bit of cocaine.

Bob also enjoys pornography. He downloads dozens of graphic photos of a sexual nature on a daily basis, sometimes at work in the morning before his supervisor arrives, and often at home in the evenings while his wife prepares dinner.

Over the years, Bob has had a series of brief affairs with women "and the occasional man" without his wife's showing any sign of suspicion. Bob is usually careful to use protection for extra-marital sex, although he is sometimes careless.

Bob feels he is a good person and that his drug use, liking for pornography and infidelity harm no one. Bob feels it is natural for men in long term relationships to have some sexual fun on the side so long as no one is harmed. In defense of his predilection for pornography, Bob says, "You cannot harm a picture."

Please use Aristotle's criteria to identify Bob's virtues and vices. Which of Bob's habits seem most productive of his overall happiness (in the Aristotelian sense) and which seem to detract from that happiness? From the natural law perspective, would you say that Bob is functioning according to nature? Demonstrate your grasp of these moral theories by applying their principles directly to Bob's situation.

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Baby Boomer Bob is a professionally employed, married man with grown children and grandchildren. He works in a human services agency and lives in a gracious home with his bright, attractive, professionally employed wife.

Bob actively assists in the care of his aged mother, volunteers as a referee for sports events for area youth, and contributes to local charities. Bob is loved by his family and well liked at work. He is moderately successful, although not very ambitious.
Bob used to dream of writing a novel, but he no longer reads fiction or attempts to write creatively. In the privacy of his own home, Bob uses illegal drugs, mostly marijuana, but he also snorts a bit of cocaine.

Bob also enjoys pornography. He downloads dozens of graphic photos of a sexual nature on a daily basis, sometimes at work in the ...

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This post is a case study employing Artistotle's view of ethics and the virtuous life. The case study is presented and then observations are made regarding how Aristotle would have anaylyzed this case Over 550 words of original text.

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