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Aristotle considers courage and every other moral virtue to be a mean between two extremes If one had an excess of fear combined with a lack of confidence fear would affect the decisions of such a person and one would display cowardice If the inverse were true that person would be considered reckless The virtue of courage is a mean with respect to fear and confidence 1115a It is an emotion where one feels both confidence and fear but neither to such a degree that they cloud ones judgement A courageous person is one who endures and fears the right things for the right motive in the right manner and at the right time and who displays confidence in a similar way 1115b 17-8 People are often seen in situations where they are thought to have courage but in actuality they do not These situations occur when the person acts for the wrong reason concerning any one or any combination of these conditions An example of those who do not endure and fear for the right things are those whom Aristotle calls citizen soldiers These people do not perform courageously for the sake of doing so Rather they do so to receive honors from their fellow citizens or for fear of punishment Those who do not do it in the right manner would be those who have experience in dangerous situations Whereas one exhibiting courage works against and gains control over ones fear the mercenary struggles with nothing Mercenaries have been desensitized to the fear that a truly courageous person would feel Spirited men are another group who are mistaken for the courageous They seem to be courageous but are not because they are spurred by pain and a roused temper to rush into danger 11176b 35 Anger clouds their judgement Those who act so do not qualify as courageous primarily because they are not motivated in the proper way There are also those who
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