Friendliness and Civility (NE IV.6)

Howard J. Curzer

in Aristotle and the Virtues

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199693726
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738890 | DOI:
Friendliness and Civility (NE IV.6)

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The witty person tells and tolerates the right jokes, in the right quantity, on the right occasions, to the right people. The friendly person accepts the right words and deeds of others. So friendliness is a generalization of the tolerating, but not the telling, part of the virtue of wit. Just as the witty toleration of jokes and telling of jokes together constitute the virtue of wit, so Aristotle should have combined the acceptance of the words and deeds of others with the disposition to speak and act rightly in the social sphere to form a single virtue that might plausibly be called the virtue of civility.

Keywords: friendliness; words and deeds; civility

Chapter.  3274 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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