Can Virtuous Habits Be Cultivated?


Does doing what is right require strenuous effort to resist the alluring temptations of vice — to resist selfish impulses and push yourself to do what moral duty prescribes? Is virtue hard work or could it become a habit — that is, a relatively effortless, automatic tendency to do what is morally right, with a minimum of inner struggle? The answer to this question, crucial for understanding and improving the moral level of humanity, is emerging from scientific research on willpower.

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