Single Idea 62

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

Full Idea

We must have feelings at the right times on the right grounds towards the right people for the right motive and in the right way.

Gist of Idea

We must tune our feelings to be right in every way


Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1106b18)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Ethics (Nicomachean)', ed/tr. ThomsonJ A K/TredennickH [Penguin 1976], p.101

A Reaction

And you thought feelings were just whatever comes naturally! We sometimes talk now of 'emotional intellgence', but we should talk more of 'educated emotions'.