Quotable: Aristotle

“Actions, then, are called just and temperate when they are such as the just or the temperate man would do; but it is not the man who does these that is just and temperate, but the man who also does them as just and temperate men do them. It is well said, then, that it is by …

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Telescopic Philanthropy Covers a Multitude of Sins

Looking a Long Way Off I’m only a little way into Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, but I couldn’t help but be impressed by his Mrs. Jellyby. The reader gets a first impression of her from the “biography” given by Mr. Kenge. “Mrs. Jellyby,” he says, “is a lady of very remarkable strength of character who devotes herself entirely …

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Quotable: Mark Johnson on Selfhood

“Human beings are not at all like this [the Enlightenment picture]. We are far more socially constituted, far more historically situated, and far more changeable than objectivism allows. The self is defined not only be its biological makeup as a physical organism, but also by its ends, its interpersonal relationships, its cultural traditions, its institutional …

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