Single Idea 61

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

Full Idea

Every science performs its function well only when it observes the mean.


Here 'science' is the Greek word 'techné', also translated as 'skill'

Gist of Idea

Skills are only well performed if they observe the mean


Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1106b09)

Book Reference

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

A Reaction

Hm. Not sure what he has in mind. Most people aspire to perfection in their skills. The mean needs a continuum between two obvious extremes.