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aristotle and his golden mean

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Ethics Lecture September 28, 2011 Aristotle • You can take pleasure in the wrong things • Upbringing has a lot to do in whether you know what you’re doing is the right thing • The thinks that there are some objectively good things but doesn’t think that they are universal • You can’t acquire virtues just by trying hard even if you have the right upbringing; it takes external goods [goods separate from body and soul that you have no control over] that it takes to acquire virtue [wealth will be one way] • Friends are an external good as well because they are the most necessary external good for developing virtue [highest friends are virtue friends] • You learn virtue by practicing habits of doing things at the right time and you learn virtue
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