Dr. Louis Colombo
RP 230 Ethics Honors
Nicomachean Ethics: Courage
As I read Aristotle’s book "Nicomachean ethics," I analyzed and comprehend his thoughts on all ten books. I came to realization that Aristotle thoughts throughout the book are difficult to express and clearly comprehend. But though it was difficult to breakdown, I could clearly see that it was written to determine what a human being is as a whole.
To begin with, Aristotle tells us his meaning of virtues and vices. They are not just any habits that we experience, but the outcome of what we feel as pleasure or pain. A virtuous person feels pleasure at the most beautiful action. A person who is not virtuous will feel their pleasure misleading. the definition of virtue is a behavior showing high moral standards or good characteristics. Virtues comes as a consequence of following the right habits. There are two different types of virtues: Intellectual and moral. To have virtues you ...view middle of the document...
People assume courage as being strong and facing danger without fear. This common guess of courage is not what true courage is at all. Courage feels to have both too much fear and not enough fear. In reference to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, there are those who appear to be courageous and those who are actual courageous people. You have courage when you have the right reasons or at the right occasion. For example, sexuality in society is a good example of having courage. Many people who like the same sex are freely open to expressing how they feel and loving who they want. This shows courage because many people do not see this biblically right nor morally right to date and have relations with the same sex. They still have doubts on whether or not they will fit into society as a whole and be seen as the norm from others, but have courage to stand up for themselves and what they believe not letting media and society control their lives.
In addition, Aristotle describes courage in the book two as various principles taken from virtue and vice examples of those who have a part of what is considered courageous (b.2). It starts out with the balance of the mean between fear and confidence. People portray fear as everything that seems bad. They fear all bad things such as: bad reputation, animals, sickness, false sense of self abilities and death. These are things that a courageous person would not question. Aristotle believes we as human being find things so fearful that it would be irrational not to fear. Those who face irresistible fears would build up confidence since they are forced to stand strong against anything till the end for the well-being of virtue or courage. Letting loose of fears would boost the confidence, excessive confidence will lead to someone become boastful or rashness. The deficiency of having confident would lead to becoming cowardice or uncertainty with doubt.
In conclusion, So we as a society should find the median or the balance which is courage. Carrying yourself well, holding head high and standing out to get noticed are example of what being courageous is all about. Self assure of success give the meaning of what Aristotle is trying to break down in the book. To be happy and define happiness through human thriving for good virtue. Courage can be seen as a perfect virtue that gives the soul.