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Got Courage Aristotles Doctrine of the Mean states that there are three kinds of dispositions two of them vices involving excess and deficiency and one virtue which is the intermediate or mean Aristotle considers the act of courage to be a mean concerning fear and confidence With the deficiency of courage being cowardice and the excess being rashness In his Nicomachean Ethics he goes into detail about what courage is and what qualifies a person as being courageous Aristotle states The man then who faces and who fears the right things with the right aim in the right way and at the right time and who feels confidence under the corresponding conditions is brave for the brave man feels and acts according to the merits of the case and in whatever way reason directs Aristotle Book 111 chp 7 He is essentially saying that a brave man is a noble man as well Aristotle also indicates that the brave man is fearless of most things and is concerned with only the greatest of things A brave man then is one who stands his ground in the face of death since death is the end and it the most terrible of all things however not all instances of death are great enough to make a brave man quiver Deaths involved in battle and wars are the circumstances in which brave men are concerned with since they take place in the greatest and noblest danger Properly then he will be called brave who is fearless in face of a noble death and of all emergencies that involve death and the emergencies of war are in the highest degree of this kind Aristotle Book 111 chp 6 Aristotle goes on to discuss what consists of doing an act of cowardice or rashness A madman or insensible person is the name he gives to a person who has gone to the excess and fears nothing In
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