The Over-Specification of Courage
Right in the middle! This is the place Aristotle respects. In the book Nichomachean Ethics, Aristotle does his best to explain what the many virtues of the world are. To Aristotle, the virtue courage is “a mean with respect to fear and confidence”(68), but more specifically, “a man who fearlessly faces a noble death and any situations that bring a sudden death”(69-70). This is certainly consistent with his philosophy that
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real world. Ironically, Aristotle has defined courage by its extreme, and extremes are the very thing that Aristotle sought to gain the most distance from upon the outset of his argument. Aristotle has remarkable reasoning, but look at where it has left him. How dismal to only be called courageous if one “endures and fears the right things, for the right reason, for the right motive, in the right manner, and at the right time”(70).