The doctrine of the mean in Aristotle's ethical and political theory

$28.26 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Buy Article:

Abstract:

The purpose of this paper is to examine the exposition of the doctrine of the mean in the ethical treatises and to determine the role and scope of mesotes within Aristotle's ethical and political theory. The examination of mesotes will reveal the strong connections, for Aristotle, between man, the city, experience, prudence, excellence and eudaimonia. Ultimately, the doctrine of the mean is, in the words of L.W. Rosenfield, an ‘analytical concept’, a component instrumental to Aristotle's theory. Moreover, Aristotle's ethical and political theory is in accordance with the prescriptions of the doctrine of the mean. This is shown through an examination of the thesis, structure and main examples of the Politics, all of which are manifestations of Aristotle's recommendations in his exposition of the doctrine of the mean.

Keywords: Aristotle; Eudaimonia; Eudemian Ethics; Mean; Mesotes; Nicomachean Ethics; Politics

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Dept. of Politics, New York University, 715 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, USA. Email:ie203@is8.nyu.edu

Publication date: January 1, 1999

Related content

Tools

Favourites

Share Content

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more