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I shall argue that Aristotle (a) does not limit courage to life- threatening situations on the battlefield; (b) is right to maintain that courage governs both fear and confidence; (c) applies a plausible doctrine of the mean to courage; (d) appropriately distinguishes courage from continence; and (e) does not affirm that courageous acts are overall pleasant for courageous people.


Howard Curzer presented “Aristotle’s Account of Courage in EN III.6-9” to the Society at its meeting with the Eastern Division in Atlanta in December 1996. A revised version of the presentation became part of Chapter 2 of his book, Aristotle and the Virtues, Oxford University Press, 2012.

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