April 14 - 4/9/2008-Aristotle Exam-re-read your essay after...

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4/9/2008-Aristotle Exam—re-read your essay after you write it—will probably raise your grade by at least ½. And bring blue books Moral virtue is excellence in choice, a tendency/habit to choose the mean 1. Moral virtue is always matter of choice 2. Relates to action To talk about the mean suggests there is a spread of possibilities for action There are many actions where you can succeed what is sensible and appropriate and where you can fall short of what is sensible and appropriate Consider courage—Aristotle, etc. are of the opinion that courage is knowledge of what you fear and being smart, not being fearless. There is such a thing as excess, a defect. If you fear everything, you don’t have an adequate amount of courage. This puts everything in quantifiable matters, aka generosity. The giving away of money. 1. How much money should I give away? 2. To what causes do I give my money? It remains a fact that I can give away too much or too little Stupid extravagance=burning money Extravagance (simple)=giving away all your money Mean=middle in choosing between excess and deficiency In choosing the mean you find that you are a moral person who is living well
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PHIL 105 taught by Professor Lachs during the Spring '08 term at Vanderbilt.

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