As I make my way through the journey of obtaining an MFA in creative writing, it’s strange that philosophers (especially Aristotle) continue to invade my life (you know, because I have that undergraduate in philosophy–though it makes me no expert by any means, no pun intended). Despite the fact that I recently had an awakening, if you will, about how much philosophy and creative thinking (i.e. art) go hand-in-hand (Practical Art), it still surprises me. The surprise is a good one because it further validates that I am on the right path.
At any rate, after having been recently subjected to an Aristotelian quote through one of my MFA courses, I went through one of my old term papers about The Mean. It is equally strange and interesting to go back through old writings because I wonder how I ever managed to persuade an A out of my professor.
As I reread, I don’t remember exactly which book that particular theory came from and now realize that I did a poor job of summarizing the content for someone who has never read the material. Clearly the paper was to one particular audience–the professor. And, because he is well-versed in the subject matter, his brain probably just filled in all the holes from a summary standpoint.
Regardless, The Mean is about obtaining an appropriate level of virtue and that one must be raised the right way in order to achieve that goal. The link below is an attempt to explain the elements Aristotle requires to be virtuous, the anomaly I believe I saw in his argument and the reason I believe it would not allow for people to think for themselves.
Sleep tight for me, I’m gone.