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6) Discuss Aristotle’s concept of ‘Golden Mean’ in Ethics.(250 words)

Topic: Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

6) Discuss Aristotle’s concept of ‘Golden Mean’ in Ethics.(250 words)

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Why this question:

The question is straightforward and is based on the theory of golden mean propounded by Aristotle.

Key demand of the question:

Explain in detail the concept of Golden mean and how can one apply it.


DiscussThis is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:


In brief highlight the significance of the concept.


Explain the theory – according to Aristotle the Moral behavior is the mean between two extremes – at one end is excess, at the other deficiency. He emphasizes that one must find a moderate position between those two extremes, and thus one will be acting morally.

The concept of Aristotle’s theory of golden mean is represented in his work called “Nicomachean Ethics”, in which Aristotle explains the origin, nature and development of virtues which are essential for achieving the ultimate goal, happiness, which must be desired for itself.

Present examples/case studies where these principles can be applied and substantiate your answer.


Conclude with significance of the theory and its relevance.