Getting It Right: Aristotle's "Golden Mean" as Theory Deterioration

Journal of Mass Media Ethics 14 (1):5-15 (1999)
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Abstract

Journalism and media ethics texts commonly invoke Aristotle's Golden Mean as a principal ethical theory that models such journalistic values as balance, fairness, and proportion. Working from Aristotle's text, this article argues that the Golden Mean model, as widely understood and applied to media ethics, seriously belies Aristotle's intent. It also shortchanges the reality of our moral agency and epistemic responsibility. A more authentic rendering of Aristotle's theory of acting rightly, moreover, has profound implications for communication ethicists and media practitioners.

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The Nicomachean Ethics. Aristotle - 1951 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 143:477-478.
The Nicomachean Ethics.Lesley Brown (ed.) - 2009 - Oxford University Press.
La morale d'Aristote.René Antoine Gauthier - 1958 - Paris]: Presses universitaires de France.

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