Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics

What does Aristotle say about the particularity of various virtues and their means at the end of Chapter 8?


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Although Aristotle is clear that the contrariety between vices is greater than the contrariety between a virtue and either vice, he does observe that some virtues seem to be closer to one vice than another. He gives the example of temperance, since human beings by natre are more privy to self-indulgence than to propriety. So although we should still avoid both vices, it is more difficult to avoid self-indulgence than propriety.


Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics, Book II