Chapter 26. Human Excellence in Character and Intellect

  1. Georgios Anagnostopoulos Professor
  1. Gavin Lawrence Professor

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305661.ch26

A Companion to Aristotle

A Companion to Aristotle

How to Cite

Lawrence, G. (2009) Human Excellence in Character and Intellect, in A Companion to Aristotle (ed G. Anagnostopoulos), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305661.ch26

Editor Information

  1. University of California, San Diego, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Philosophy, UCLA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405122238

Online ISBN: 9781444305661



  • human excellence in character and intellect;
  • project of practical philosophy;
  • human excellence;
  • nature of virtue and doctrine of middle/mean (DOM);
  • point of doctrine - moderation and substantiality/formality dilemma;
  • the doctrine - nature, formality, and plausibility;
  • difficulty of virtue - emotions vs. actions – two problems


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Initial Survey: The Role of the Human Excellences in Aristotle's Practical Philosophy

  • The Nature of Virtue and the Doctrine of the Middle/Mean (DOM)

  • Notes

  • Bibliography

  • Further Reading