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

Full Idea

The instinct of the herd considers the middle and the mean as the highest and most valuable: the place where the majority finds itself.

Gist of Idea

The instinct of the herd, the majority, aims for the mean, in the middle


Friedrich Nietzsche (The Will to Power (notebooks) [1888], 280)

A Reaction

The reason, I think, for Nietzsche's hostility to Aristotle. But the doctrine of the mean doesn't just seek the middle. It seeks what is appropriate. The mean for bravery and cowardice is not somewhat timid bravery; it is alarmingly brave, but sensible.

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'The Will to Power', ed/tr. Kaufmann,W /Hollingdate,R [Vintage 1968], p.159