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"The Golden Mean" as outlined by Aristotle
Reviews Aristotle's "Ethics", focusing on Aristotle's definition of virtue as the "golden mean." Examines this definition and criticizes its validity.
# 18111 | 1,575 words | 1 source | 1990 | US
Published on Mar 03, 2003 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , English (Analysis)


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"Aristotle described a remarkable set of criteria to delineate between good and bad people in his work entitled, Ethics. Aristotle believed that the pursuit of pleasure and avoidance of pain were important yard sticks in measuring virtuous and continent people, whom he believed were of strong moral character, and vicious and incontinent people, whom he described as dangerous and immoral. 100 pages into Ethics, Aristotle finally provides his definition of virtue:


So virtue is a purposive disposition, lying in a mean that is relative to us and determined by a rationale principle, and by that which a prudent man would use to determine it. It is a mean between two kinds of vice, one of excess and the other of deficiency; and also for this reason, that whereas these vices fall short of or exceed the right..."

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