LECTURE 2_10_2010

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Introduction to Ethics - PH150 February 10 Professor Aaron Garrett Teaching Fellows Colin Cmiel Stacey Goguen Yoni Porat Monday, February 15, 2010
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Examples Not all states have names, so this is necessarily imprecise. Courage is the mean of fear and conFdence. Exceeding conFdence has no name, although the lack is cowardice. Temperance is the mean with regard to pleasure (and pain). The excess is self-indulgence. Monday, February 15, 2010
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Means Liberality is the mean with regard to giving money, the defect prodigality and the excess meanness (or stinginess). These can vary drastically according to the person we are talking about, as do the terms we employ to describe them. These also hold of things we can’t properly name. Anger has a mean but we don’t really have a
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Unformatted text preview: name for it. Monday, February 15, 2010 Defnition oF Virtue Virtue, then, is a state oF character concerned with choice, lying in a mean, i.e., the mean relative to us, and being determined by a rational choice, that choice by which the man oF practical wisdom would determine it. Monday, February 15, 2010 The Right Proportion This makes discovering the right proportion difFcult. We have to develop practical wisdom that helps navigate slippery and difFcult situations. This is difFcult because means vary in relation to us and they vary according to the virtue. Some virtues and vices have no mean: adultery is bad in any proportion. Monday, February 15, 2010...
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