Essay heading: Introduction to Ethics

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The balance would be the "mean". For example, courage is the mean between rashness (excess) and cowardice (defect). The golden mean is further analyzed in NICOMACHEAN ETHICS. The RHETORIC, is where Aristotle sums up the three categories in an analogical description of life with the Youthful Man (excess), the Elderly Man (defect), and the Man in His Prime (golden mean)...
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Aristotle stated the attainment of these virtues could only be done by a select few. For one to be highly intellectual, is to be practically divine, next to the gods. With that being said, it discouraged a lot of people of that era. That's when his theory was challenged and questioned. What about the artists or craftsmen? Are they denied happiness, because they haven't attained intellectual perfection? Is intellectual perfection the only path to happiness? This is where Kant's theory of ethics opposed Aristotle's...
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