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  Aristotle's Doctrine of the Mean
Aristotle's doctrine of the mean is sometimes dismissed as an unhelpful and unfortunate mistake in what would otherwise be -- or perhaps, in spite of this lapse, still is -- a worthwhile enterprise.
By the mean of a thing I mean what is equally distant from either extreme, which is one and the same for everyone; by the mean relative to us what is neither too much nor too little, and this is not the same for everyone.
I have argued that Aristotle's doctrine of the mean is not the simple (and false) platitude that we should seek everything "in moderation." Nor is it "an unhelpful analytical model" of the sort suggested by the continuum model discussed in sections II and III.
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 Under discussion: Doctrine
For doctrine to be "true", or to describe dialectics as a doctrine, doctrine must be considered a body of teachings or principles, and in this sense, a foundation of the science of society.
Doctrine comprises the "fundamental principles by which military forces guide their actions in support of national objectives." It is the core statement of an army's view of war and serves as a common guide for the conduct of operations.
This doctrine was appropriate in the period of maturing imperialism with all its military and social consequences.
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 What is the "Doctrine of Christ" in 2 John 9?
This means that those in the doctrine must “continue” and maintain that doctrine to have fellowship with God.
The “sayings” equal “doctrine” and the “abide” equates “doing”; and the “wise man” in God’s view is the one who is in fellowship with Him—the one He knows.
The “doctrine of Christ” is not limited to the singular truth that Jesus is the Christ who came in the flesh any more than “the apostles’ doctrine” is that the apostles were apostles (Acts 2:42).
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 Diana Mertz Hsieh: Aristotle on the Mean   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The doctrine of the mean provides a method by which individual actions can be morally evaluated, and it gives individuals guidance in right conduct, in that they ought to aim for the ideal of the intermediate between excess and deficiency (relative to themselves) with the help of the council of practical wisdom.
Therefore the mean ought to be relative to the individual, rather than determined by some arbitrary universal standard ill-suited to account for the differences between the lives of individuals.
If the mean were relative to the object rather than the individual, then finding the mean would merely be a matter of finding the universal midpoint between the deficiency and the excess.
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 The Doctrine of the Mean
The exact mean, according to Aristotle, is determined as the practically wise person would determine it.
The exact mean is relative to the individual and his circumstances.
If we take Aristotle's Doctrine of the Mean seriously, it would imply that the right act would be a mean between the extremes of too good and too bad.
philosophy.lander.edu /intro/mean_quiz.html   (188 words)

  
 Doctrine of the Mean: quotes, texts and mystical poems.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Doctrine of the Mean: quotes, texts and mystical poems.
Doctrine of the Mean, Chapter 1, in Wing-Tsit Chan, Chinese Philosophy, Chapter 5. 
Doctrine of the Mean, Chapter 25, in Wing-Tsit Chan, Chinese Philosophy, Chapter 5. 
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I shall limit this analysis to Aristotle's doctrine of the mean (mesotes) which he intended to prove is the true nature of justice.
When Aristotle speaks of the mean between excess and deficiency in matters of justice, he is to be understood as saying that the man who is deficient in justice is unjust and thus violates the norm of justice.
That "virtue" is the "mean" between two vices means that morally correct is only the behavior by which the one of the conflicting norms is obeyed without the other being violated.
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 What does the "Doctrine of Christ" in Second John 9-11 Mean?
The "doctrine of Christ" is inclusive of all that John and inspired writers meant to be included and certainly does not only and simply mean a belief that Jesus was the Son of God in the flesh.
The one not bringing the "doctrine of Christ" is characterized by "evil deeds" (the absence of the "doctrine of Christ" and the presence of false teaching).
In closing, understanding "doctrine of Christ" in Second John 9 to mean the doctrine or teaching from Jesus that includes many particulars, such as the teaching about Jesus, is the only tenable conclusion that can be reached (see also the addendum).
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 Americans for a Free Republic
Much of Chapter One is devoted to demonstrating that the doctrine of the mean is a natural law instilled into reality that can be used theoretically to establish what the "universal political good" is for man. The major theme of the book is tied up in establishing this unknown truth.
When properly understood, the doctrine of the mean demonstrates convincingly that the true political ideal is what the Founding Fathers attempted to establish -- a system of limited government based upon objective law, i.e., equal rights under the law.
She could not see that egoism was merely the opposite extreme to altruism on the ethical spectrum and therefore an equal evil when viewed in terms of Aristotle's doctrine of the mean.
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 Wisdom from the Doctrine of the Mean, a Confucian classic - The Gold Scales   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Determine a Mean by the extremes flanking it, and next use it to educate and govern people.
Hui chose the Mean, and whenever he got hold of what was good, he clasped it firmly and did not lose it.
The path of the Mean is not understood where some go beyond it and the worthless do not come up to it.
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 doctrine of mean: firstrateessays.com- first rate essays, first rate book reports, first rate term papers, first rate ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Calhoun’s motives were honorable in so much as he envisaged the doctrine of nullification as a remedy within the union, reserved to the State according to the constitution (the premise of a “constitutional compact”); a remedy for evils in the union; and to save but not to dissolve it.
Had the nullification doctrine been based on the act of a single state voiding what it considered to be an unconstitutional law, it would have been an unconstitutional device.
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 Wednesday   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Monday, we'll be considering "The Doctrine of the Mean," a companion text of the "Great Learning" (both initially appeared as chapters in the Records of Ritual, a text compiled c.
"The Doctrine of the Mean" links the ethical vision of the "Great Learning" to a metaphysical portrait, with Tian and man playing reinforcing roles in a way that seems to alternate between Mencian and Xunzi-like views.
For these reasons, "The Doctrine of the Mean" is one of the most intriguing and philosophically rich texts in the Chinese philosophical corpus.
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 Greek Philosophy: Aristotle, The Doctrine of the Mean
   By the absolute mean, or mean relative to the thing itself, I understand that which is equidistant from both extremes, and this is one and the same for all.
Virtue, then, has to deal with feelings or passions and with outward acts, in which excess is wrong and deficiency also is blamed, but the mean amount is praised and is right—both of which are characteristics of virtue.
   With regard to pleasantness in amusement, he who observes the mean may be called witty, and his character wittiness; excess may be called buffoonery, and the man is a buffoon; while "tedious" may stand for the person who is deficient, and "tediousness" describes his character.
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 The Hitler. Oops, I mean the Bush Doctrine : SF Indymedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Recently the comparison was made that the tactics of the Bush regime were the same as Hitler's in the thirties.
With the release of the so called Bush doctrine this week which should really be titled The American Global Primacy Plan, it should now be quite clear to our liberal friends in congress that the Fourth Reich has finally risen.
The Generals and their cronies are the only source of real power in America and quite frankly the Bush Reich Doctrine could not have been released without approval of the Generals first infact the Generals probably wrote themselves.
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 The Internet Classics Archive | The Doctrine of the Mean by Confucius
Chung-ni said, "The superior man embodies the course of the Mean; the mean man acts contrary to the course of the Mean.
He took hold of their two extremes, determined the Mean, and employed it in his government of the people.
It is said in the Book of Poetry, "Over her embroidered robe she puts a plain single garment," intimating a dislike to the display of the elegance of the former.
classics.mit.edu /Confucius/doctmean.html   (6002 words)

  
 Epochtimes English Edition-
To follow the Doctrine of the Mean does not mean to reconcile differences at the expense of sacrificing one’s principles or “mixing mud” or “bending with the wind.” Neither is it making compromises for the sake of maximizing mutual benefits.
This means the five flavors are restricted by the principles of mutual generation and mutual inhibition.
The nature of tea manifests in the Doctrine of the Mean.
www.theepochtimes.com /news/3-7-27/2011.html   (351 words)

  
 Doctrine of the Mean (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab1.netlab.uky.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The doctrine of Aristotle (384-322 BC) that moral virtue can be defined as a disposition concerned with choice and lying in a mean.
The mean, however, is not an arithmetical mean, but is 'relative to us'; that is, to our natural tendencies.
Whether all virtues can be so classified, without artificiality or triviality, may be disputed, but there is no mean of the mean or extremes: we don't have to avoid excess of virtue, nor (Aristotle's example) can a man commit adultery with the right woman at the right time in the right way.
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Available online at http://classics.mit.edu//Confucius/doctmean.html The Doctrine of the Mean By Confucius What Heaven has conferred is called The Nature; an accordance with this nature is called The Path of duty; the regulation of this path is called Instruction.
The mean man's acting contrary to the course of the Mean is because he is a mean man, and has no caution." The Master said, "Perfect is the virtue which is according to the Mean!
And the means by which they carry the duties into practice is singleness.
classics.mit.edu /Confucius/doctmean.1b.txt   (5816 words)

  
 Doctrine of the Mean Lecture Notes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Doctrine of Mean, The Great Learning, The Analects, and The Mencius became the four classics of neo-Confucianism and the Chinese civil service exams.
6 in E and W. Zhong means equilibrium, centrality, or mean; Yong means harmony, commonality, or universality.
The inferior person does not live in the mean.
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 For pope, dialogue does not mean toning down doctrine National Catholic Reporter - Find Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In early May, the pope made it clear that those goals do not mean toning down the church's doctrinal teachings.
The occasion was the new pope's installation as bishop of Rome May 7 at the Basilica of St. John Lateran.
Benedict spoke at length about the meaning of the cathedra or chair that he now occupies as bishop of Rome, the symbol of his episcopal power and responsibility.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1141/is_29_41/ai_n15340833   (341 words)

  
 Doctrine of the Mean   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
When the mean and harmony are actualized, Heaven and Earth are in their proper positions, and the myriad things are nourished.
How far-reaching the mean is! That is why those who are able to keep it for long are few.
When he speaks of its smallness, he means that it is something that cannot be further broken down.
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 Doctrine of the Mean Confucius, world religions, world scripture, sacred writings, Yahshua, myth, mythology, Yahshuan, ...
Doctrine of the Mean Confucius, world religions, world scripture, sacred writings, Yahshua, myth, mythology, Yahshuan, gnostic, apocrypha.
Mean, and employed it in his government of the people.
unceasing!" The meaning is, that it is thus that Heaven is Heaven.
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 friendly printed version:Alito Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings: Political Question Doctrine
The political question doctrine -- this doctrine of issues that are not justiciable -- often involves conflicts between the branches of the government.”[1]
One issue at the heart of the matter is whether there is a case or controversy that is “justiciable” by a court.
As mentioned elsewhere, while flagging the political question doctrine as one matter for consideration in the legal landscape, Alito declined to forecast where he would seek to draw the line and indeed explicitly refrained from offering an advisory opinion on constitutional questions involving the balance of powers.
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 China the Beautiful :: View topic - The Middle Way(Zhong Yong Zhi Dao) Doctrine of Mean
The Middle Way(Zhong Yong Zhi Dao) Doctrine of Mean
The Doctrine of the Mean is one of the central foundation of
The Master said: 'Perfect is the mean in action, and for a long time now very few people have had the capacity for it.' (This statement can mean this middle focusing is known only to a handful and successful persons.)[Note:- My Chinese is poor, therefore I rely more on translation.]
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 Golden mean - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Doctrine of the Golden Mean (Chinese: 中庸; pinyin: Zhōng Yóng), a chapter in Li Ji, one of the "four books" of classical Confucian writings
Golden mean (philosophy), in philosophy the felicitous middle between two extremes, one of excess and one of deficiency
In mathematics, the golden ratio, a specific relationship between two quantities, known sometimes as the golden mean
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 Truthdig - A/V Booth - Colbert to Suskind: We Need a ‘Zero Percent Doctrine’
I mean even if there’s no chance that someone’s a threat to the United States, and they just look at us funny, shouldn’t we just--[beats a fist into his palm]--tag ’em?”
Surely if Bill Clinton’s Mid Life Monica Mess was an impeachable offense, then this Cardboard Cowboy and his crooked mouthed mentor should be sent to Gitmo, pronto, for their lies and war profiteering, blood money to Halliburton.
As a matter of fact, I believe it is a doctrine we, the people, should adopt when it comes to election theft.
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 Term Papers on The Doctrine Of The Mean In Aristotle's Politics - Term Papers Lab
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 Priestley. Rejecting the mean in Carew's "Mediocritie in love rejected"
In doing so he questions Aristotle's doctrine of the mean and manipulates the perceptions of pain and pleasure.
In the development of the poem, Thomas Carew defies the concept of emotional experience existing on a spectrum (on one side being pleasure and the opposite pain), arguing that greater misery is found between extremes of love and hate than is found at the extreme of either.
Thus, those who aspire to the life of the mean can never aspire to love because they fear the storm, and to fear the storm is to fear love.
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 "Fairness" Doctrine: What does it mean to you? - Sean Hannity Discussion
Critics of the Fairness Doctrine believed that it was primarily used to intimidate and silence political opposition.
The Nixon Administration was also known to use the Fairness Doctrine to silence left-wing radio critics, especially those connected with radio stations owned by the Washington Post.
Although the Doctrine was rarely enforced, many radio broadcasters believed it had a "chilling effect" on their broadcasting, forcing them to avoid any commentary that could be deemed critical or unfair by powerful interests.
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