Single Idea 65

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

Full Idea

It is the things towards which we have the stronger natural inclination that seem to us more opposed to the meanů.(e.g. pleasure).

Gist of Idea

The vices to which we are most strongly pulled are most opposed to the mean


Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1109a12)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Ethics (Nicomachean)', ed/tr. ThomsonJ A K/TredennickH [Penguin 1976], p.108

A Reaction

Trying to identify these might lead to a circularity (if strong opposition can only be identified by strong pull). If the pull varies with individuals, that implies that the opposition is also relative.