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The General Nature of Ethical Virtue

W.F.R. Hardie

in Aristotle's Ethical Theory

Second edition

Published in print January 1980 | ISBN: 9780198246329
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680953 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246329.003.0006
The General Nature of Ethical Virtue

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Aristotle defines ethical virtue as ‘a state of character concerned with choice, lying in a mean, i.e. the mean relative to us, this being determined by a rational principle, and by that principle by which the man of practical wisdom would determine it’. This chapter examines Aristotle's ‘state of character’; his account of choice; and the interpretation of the doctrine that virtue lies ‘in a mean’. It also considers the ‘practical wisdom’ and the ‘principles’ which its possessor applies in his own actions and in prescribing the actions of others.

Keywords: Aristotle; choice; human virtue; human character; practical wisdom

Chapter.  13945 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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