Aristotelian and Buddhist ethics are alike formally: each advocates moderation”. Discuss.(250 Words)

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According to Aristotle Happiness exits in the rational exercise of the soul’s faculties in conformity with the virtues such as courage, justice, temperance, benevolence, and prudence.

Aristotle argues that virtue is achieved by maintaining the Mean, which is the balance between two excesses. Aristotle’s doctrine of the Mean is reminiscent of Buddha’s Middle Path.

Aristotle doctrine of virtue is “golden mean”. Courage, for example, is a mean regarding the feeling of fear, between the deficiency of rashness (too little fear) and the excess of cowardice (too much fear). Justice is a mean between getting or giving too much and getting or giving too little. Benevolence is a mean between giving to people who don’t deserve it and not giving to anyone at all.

Similarly Buddhism aims not to eradicate all feeling but to liberate it from its attachment to false values. He gave the concept of the Middle Way, a path between the extremes of religious asceticism and worldly self-indulgence to move away from false values.

Aristotle and the Buddha reached very similar conclusions as to how we should conduct our lives, if we wish to find happiness and fulfillment as human beings.

However, for Aristotle the mean was a method of achieving virtue, but for Buddha the Middle Path referred to a peaceful way of life which negotiated the extremes of harsh asceticism and sensual pleasure seeking.

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Borne
Borne
3 years ago

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Parth Verma
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3 years ago
Reply to  Borne

Good answer.
But towards the end you can mention:
However, for Aristotle the mean was a method of achieving virtue, but for Buddha the Middle Path referred to a peaceful way of life which negotiated the extremes of harsh asceticism and sensual pleasure seeking.
Rest of the answer is ok.
Some of the examples are not related to the topic like DBT one. But its good that you tried to incorporate those examples. Try to stick to the topic while discussing examples. Thats very important.

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project _osiris
3 years ago

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Parth Verma
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3 years ago

Decent answer.
But lack of examples is an issue. Give some examples for both philosophies.
Examples can be of modern day issues as well related to ethics.
You can also briefly mention how they differ with each other towards the end. Like for Aristotle the mean was a method of achieving virtue, but for Buddha the Middle Path referred to a peaceful way of life which negotiated the extremes of harsh asceticism and sensual pleasure seeking.

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sourav singh
sourav singh
3 years ago

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Parth Verma
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3 years ago
Reply to  sourav singh

Very good answer.
You discussed the similarity as well as the deviation in each other’s philosophies regarding moderation.
To make this a near perfect answer, you should give certain examples. Some examples can discuss how both of them were similar while some can mention how they differed in their level of moderation.
All in all, excellent answer.

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