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Aristotle’s Phronimos and 12 Angry Men Ranked in the top fifteen of the all time Top 250 list of the Internet Movie Database, 12 Angry Men is a film that is notable for invisibly making its audience a causal observer. The plot consists of a jury that must unanimously vote on the guiltiness or innocence of a suspected murderer, potentially sending him to death row. Initially, there is an eleven to one vote for guilty; however, it’s one man’s job to single-handedly sway the votes, one-by-one, by making a case for the innocence of the defendant. Davis begins his case for the suspect being not guilty on the basis of the suspect having “such a nice face”, but as he gets deeper into the details, even the audience is gradually convinced of the legitimacy and sensibility of his side of things. Davis’s brilliant feat is neither a result of his theoretical wisdom nor is it executed solely due to a great skill only he has. He contains the quality of phronesis, which is a trait that emphasizes the importance of an individuals concentration on the means, ends, and reasons for change in the pursuit of a better life for all. The application of this quality requires for a specific circumstance, and the mastery of it is entailed by world experience. Aristotle mentions that living a virtuous life is good for both the individual and the society in which he lives. However, he also acknowledges that just living your virtuous life on a macro-level is unproductive because under specific circumstances one must apply her/his virtue to the context with balance, and that relies on the individuals
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