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Aristotle Never Said That, But It Certainly Can Be

Aristotle Educated Mind

 

Aristotle did express this in his Nichomachean Ethics, however:

“[ . . . ] Goods also exhibit a similar fluctuation because they bring harm to many people: before now men have been undone by their riches, and others by their courage. We must be content, then, in speaking about such things and setting out from such things to indicate the truth roughly and in outline, and in speaking about things which hold only for the most part and setting out from such things to reach conclusions of that kind. In the same spirit, therefore, should each of our statements be received; for it is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just so far as the nature of the subject admits: it is evidently similar to accept probable reasoning from a mathematician and to demand demonstrations from a rhetorician.” 


Barnes, Jonathan, and Anthony Kenny. Aristotle’s Ethics: Writings from the Complete Works. Princeton University Press, 2014, p. 216.

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