Read/Discuss Book 2 of The Ethics


In this next book Aristotle proceeds to explain how people acquire virtue. Along the way, he fleshes out an account of the conditions and practical rules for moral goodness, including his famous doctrine of the mean. As in the first task, I suggest reading the text at least twice, preferrably 3 times, so as to disentangle the main arguments. A lot of what Aristotle is saying might seem like common sense, but don't let that fool you. The arguments are concise, and so it's easy to overlook the underlying force of his main points; all of which will be necessary for a deeper understanding of the proceeding books. Once you've completed your analysis, simply return to this page to hash out your thoughts, comments, questions, disagreements, etc.

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