Aristotle's Virtues, Means - Huntingdon College
Aristotle: Happiness And Virtue | Bulisik
In this important passage, to which I shall return shortly, we are invited to compare excellence of character -- or the person who has such excellence -- to a skilled archer able to hit a target. Aristotle begins the NE with this simile (1094a23-24), and he returns to it throughout. I shall argue that it can shed a good deal of light on the idea that virtue or excellence lies in a mean.
Aristotle’s Happiness and Virtue
Missing the mark is possible in a virtually indefinite number of ways. A person aiming at a target can miss to the right, to the left, above, below; a crooked shot can glance off the target, etc. To hit the mark one must land a shot within a relatively small, more or less precisely defined, area. Just so, Aristotle suggests, what is excellent and commendable to do is definite and limited. There is a correspondingly vast, relatively unlimited, area for wrongs and shots that miss the mark:
Thinking Ethically - Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
An 8 page research paper/essay that answers questions on Utilitarianism, Kantian ethics the virtue ethics of Aristotle, concluding with the writer's opinion as to which moral system is most appealing. Bibliography lists 3 sources.