Aristotle 's Doctrine Of The Mean Essay

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Aristotle’s Doctrine of the Mean can be found in his works referenced in the second book of his Nicomachean Ethics. Though the doctrine seems to be simplistic at face value, it’s complexity is quite intriguing. I believe that Aristotle’s Doctrine of the Mean doesn’t truly help us make particular moral decisions because of how vague it is. Yet, it guides us in our approach to the moral decisions at hand.
The Doctrine of the mean is often referred to as the “Golden Mean.” The mean is a virtue between two vices. Aristotle refers to two types of virtues. There are moral and intellectual virtues which make our actions good, or our thinking good. Aristotle often uses the example of Courage as a virtue. Other virtues may be any of the following: Determination, Modesty, Bravery, Excellence, and Trust. A vice is the deficiency or the excess surrounding the virtue and its situation. For example, if the virtue is courage, then the vices would either be recklessness (excess), or being a coward (deficiency). The importance of the golden mean is that it maintains the balance that is needed in life. In todays society we can often see the extreme excess in our lives. Weather it be food, drugs, alcohol, or material wealth. Yet, we can also see our society stumble into deficiency when it comes to attention to your education, intellectual interest/pursuit, and healthy lifestyles/eating habits. Aristotle believed that it took repeated training and rational controlling of feelings in order to…

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