Aristotle believes that decision distinguishes the character of a person better than actions. This notion was interesting to me because I had previously considered them to equally represent character, since one causes the other. This is not the case because decision may appear voluntary all the time, but there are instances where actions are not accompanied by decision. Aristotle explains that actions done on the spur of the moment are voluntary but do not express decision. He compares this action without decision to animals due to the fact that decision is not a part of animals but appetite and emotions are. Thus, decision cannot be appetite or emotions. One can draw further conclusions about decision based on this declaration. For example, Aristotle mentions that “appetite’s concern is what is pleasant and what is painful, but neither of these is the concern of decision” (380). This was confusing to me because I had thought of decision as a combination of emotion and logic. Since decisions lead one to being “good” or “bad” (as Aristotle claimed) I thought it was pretty obvious that these choices came from a combination of desire and reasoning. I will try to consider decision with the “appetite” portion removed from here on out.

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