Single Idea 5236

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / h. Right feelings]

Full Idea

Those who do not get angry at things that ought to make them angry are considered to be foolish.

Gist of Idea

It is foolish not to be angry when it is appropriate


Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1126a05)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Ethics (Nicomachean)', ed/tr. ThomsonJ A K/TredennickH [Penguin 1976], p.161

A Reaction

This remark most clearly shows that Nietzsche did not understand Aristotle, as he seemed to think that Aristotle was recommending bland restraint. Aristotle loves reason, but that does not mean that he admires boring tedium.