Analysis Of Aristotle 's ' The Golden Mean '

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Final Exam- The Golden Mean In the philosophical book Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle introduces the means to reach the ultimate good of happiness. A guide called the Golden Mean is provided to therefore reach eudemonia. This concept encourages a balance in life in order to remain virtuous. There is, however, social movements such as feminism and the black activists that shows exceptions to this principle. This mean is also inexact, as it is relative to each, and is thus subjective to its level of virtuosity regarding someone’s actions, giving no ultimate guide for human’s to follow. In this essay, I will be articulating a definition and a critical analysis of Aristotle’s concept of the Golden Mean. Aristotle observed that happiness can be attained through the possession of virtues, such as, courage, temperance, patience, modesty, and more. True virtue can withstand any misfortunes in life, and thus be key to attaining happiness. He also observes that every virtue is between two vices. The Golden Mean is the desirable middle of virtue between two extreme, such as excess and deficiency. The same actions that produce virtue can be the cause of its destruction. Excess and deficiency is detrimental to virtue. For instance, a man who fears too much is cowardly and a man who fears too little is reckless. Its desirable virtue would thus be courage. Another example could be the mean of proper desire, or pride, which in deficiency would be laziness, and in excess, zealous. Moreover,

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