in the Department of Philosophy and Religion

Philosophy Forum: Aristotle’s Mean: Explicans or Explicandum?

Dr. Steven Skultety

University of Mississippi

March 9th at 4:00-5:30 in Bryant Hall 200

“Aristotle’s Mean: Explicans or Explicandum?”

“Readers often think that Aristotle introduces his ‘theory of the mean’ in order to explain the nature of ethical virtue, though they embrace different interpretations of how the explanation works, and they disagree over whether the mean successfully explains virtue.  In this paper, I’ll argue that Aristotle never conceives of the doctrine of the mean as an explicans, and instead introduces it as a way of framing virtue as an explicandum with certain constraints.”

The format of this event will be a workshop of Dr. Skultety’s paper.  Requests for an advance copy of the paper can be directed to Dr. Donovan Wishon (  More information about future UM Philosophy Forum events can be found on the department calendar at