In this English translation of Magna Moralia, the discussion focuses on the themes of good, happiness, virtue, action, justice, continence and incontinence, pleasure, good fortune, friendship, and gentlemanliness. According to the author, the study of moral character is part of the craft of politics. The text also considers the views of Pythagoras, Socrates, and Plato and argues that happiness consists in living well, that is, virtuously: it is not virtue itself but the exercise of virtue. Other insights offered by the text include those relating to moral virtues such as courage, temperance, liberality, pride, and magnificence, friendliness, and good temper; intellectual virtues such as knowledge, wisdom, intelligence, and understanding; the problems that arise from incontinence; and the connection between happiness and pleasure.
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