As a Good Shoemaker

As a Good Shoemaker

“Yet even in these nobility shines through, when a man bears with resignation many great misfortunes, not through insensibility to pain but through nobility and greatness of soul… For the man that is truly good and wise, we think, bears all the chances of life...
Another’s Good, or My Own?

Another’s Good, or My Own?

“For this reason justice, alone of the virtues, is thought to be ‘another’s good,’ because it is related to our neighbor; for it does what is advantageous to another. …and the best man is not he who exercises his virtue towards himself but he who exercises it towards...
Looking to Others, Naturally

Looking to Others, Naturally

“The liberal man…does not value wealth for its own sake but as a means to giving. …for it is the nature of the liberal man not to look to himself.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Studying ethics is not so much about seeing what you should not do. It’s about seeing what...
Drama Like No Other

Drama Like No Other

  It makes no small difference, then, whether we form habits of one kind or another from our very youth; it makes a very great difference, or rather all the difference.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics It is not unusual, especially when we’re studying ethics, to...
Vulnerable Happiness

Vulnerable Happiness

“That the fortunes of descendants and of all a man’s friends should not affect his happiness at all seems an unfriendly doctrine, and one opposed to the opinions men hold.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle has just argued for one of the cornerstones of his...

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