In Book III of Aristotle he mainly discusses the topics of virtue, praise, and blame.  The first chapter of this section though starts off with Aristotle discussing the idea around voluntary actions and the general topic of what virtue is all about.

The context of the passage starts off with Aristotle stating how virtue can be considered to be mainly about both feelings and actions.  He proceeds also by saying that both voluntary and involuntary actions will most likely receive praise or blame.  Aristotle starts off the next paragraph by stating that, “What comes about by force or because of ignorance seems to be involuntary.”  Even though he defines involuntary actions in general, Aristotle also states the what if of someone having control over you and forcing you to do some sort of evil act to save someone they have hostage.  He raises this as he claims it raises dispute as to what voluntary and involuntary actions truly are.

This passage caught my attention, because it really relates to our everyday lives as a whole.  This is because in each day we do both voluntary and involuntary actions, so it was interesting to read about how Aristotle pondered the many different ways to distinguish these two different actions.

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