Aristotle on the greatness of greatness of soul
Magnanimity is often regarded as the heroic virtue of glory-seeking warriors and honour-loving aristocrats. But in the Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle presents magnanimity as a civic rather than a heroic virtue. By attending to Aristotle's often overlooked accounts of his indifference to honour and his attitudes towards fortune and towards others, I aim to show that so far from seeking only glory or self-sufficiency, the magnanimous man realizes his true greatness and nobility in his beneficence towards his fellow citizens.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago, 1130 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. Email: [email protected]
Publication date: 2002-01-01