Aristotelian Table of Virtues

Aristotelian Table of Virtues - way or over-doing it...

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TABLE OF ARISTOTELIAN VIRTUES Virtuous acts are not done in moderation. We are to try to do virtuous acts continuously until it becomes natural for us to do them consistently. Virtue is not an average of types of actions throughout one’s life. In the doctrine of the mean, what is being measured is not an action, but rather a state of being. This is because virtue is rooted in character, which is a state for Aristotle. Therefore, in the following table, consider each vice and their respective virtue the results of a character or state that manages the emotion ascribed with an action accordingly. For example, though rashness, courage, and cowardice are all types of character traits, what is being measured in excess, the mean, or deficiency is the emotion fear . An alternative way to considering the table would be to consider the types of actions that result from a given virtue and imagine one failing to continuously act in this
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Unformatted text preview: way, or over-doing it. EXCESS (VICE) THE MEAN (VIRTUE) DEFICIENCY (VICE) Cowardice Courage Rashness/over-confidence Immoderate Moderation (of bodily pleasures: feeling appropriately satiated) Insensible (fails to acknowledge that feelings exist/ignores ones animalistic soul all-together Wastefulness Generosity (kindness) Stinginess Vulgarity Magnificence (particularly in managing gracious and large events/celebrations) Meanness (specifically for Aristotle, this meant cheap during special occasions). Arrogance High-mindedness (pride) Overly Humble Ill-tempered (hot-headed) Gentleness (anger) Submissive (You protest nothing) Boastfulness Truthfulness (honesty) Self-deprecating Buffoonery Wittiness (humor) Boorishness Flattery (obsequiousness) Friendliness (being pleasant) Unsociableness Shamelessness Modesty (proper shame) Bashful (embarrassed)...
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