Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy

Volume 11, Issue 2, Spring 2007

Huaiyu Wang
Pages 409-420

Mesotēs, Energeia, and Alētheia
Discovering an Ariadne’s Thread through Aristotle’s Moral and Natural Philosophy

Drawing upon John Burnet’s interpretation of mesotēs, I explore the original meanings of this important Greek word and its inherent relations to the concepts of formal cause, final cause, and actuality (energeia). My investigation reveals the concept of mesotēs as an Ariadne’s thread running through the whole system of Aristotle’s moral and natural philosophy. It also throws a new light on the implications of Aristotle’s definition of moral virtue and the essential role it plays in the truth of human existence.