Degrees of Virtue in the Nicomachean Ethics

Ancient Philosophy 37 (1):91-112 (2017)

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Doug Reed
University of Rhode Island
Abstract
I argue that Aristotle believes that virtue comes in degrees. After dispatching with initial concerns for the view, I argue that we should accept it because Aristotle conceives of heroic virtue as the highest degree of virtue. I support this interpretation of heroic virtue by considering and rejecting alternative readings, then showing that heroic virtue characterized as the highest degree of virtue is consistent with the doctrine of the mean.
Keywords Ancient Philosophy  History of Philosophy
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ISBN(s) 0740-2007
DOI 10.5840/ancientphil20173715
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