Single Idea 60

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

Full Idea

The mean is relative to US (as an average diet is too small for Milo the wrestler).

Gist of Idea

The mean is relative to the individual (diet, for example)


Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1106a32)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Ethics (Nicomachean)', ed/tr. ThomsonJ A K/TredennickH [Penguin 1976], p.100

A Reaction

Does that mean that if I am a dreadful coward, then achieving a tiny bit of courage will enough to qualify me as courageous? Surely there is something absolute (or external) about the required courage?