Single Idea 4387

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / f. The Mean]

Full Idea

In a normal context, if you invite me to dinner the appropriate amount of anger, pity, fear and confidence I should feel is none.

Gist of Idea

In most normal situations it is not appropriate to have any feelings at all


comment on Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1106b17) by J.O. Urmson - Aristotle's Doctrine of the Mean p.160

Book Reference

'Essays on Aristotle's Ethics', ed/tr. Rorty,Amélie Oksenberg [University of California 1980], p.160

A Reaction

Not an objection to Aristotle, but an important point towards clarifying the doctrine of the mean, which is more to do with appropriateness than with having middling feelings.