Realism - What is Aristotelian Realism? - (Ozman, Brannigan, Reagan)

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Realism – What is Aristotelian Realism? – (Ozman, Brannigan, Reagan)



A student of Plato, Aristotle rejected Plato’s idea that only “ideas” are real (Ozmon & Craver, 2008).

Aristotle’s idea was that material laws or facts of the universe exist even though individual minds might not actually be able to see or recognize them.


Aristotle believed in order and purpose in the universe.

Aristotle believed virtue is the “Golden Mean” between the extremes and requires that we exercise our reason in balanced fashion (Brannigan, 2005)

Aristotle believed in order for one to be truly happy, one must be in balance.

This balance was the “Golden Mean”.

According to Reagan Aristotle’s prescription for genuine happiness is to live virtuously (Reagan, 2005).

Brannigan, M. C. (2005). Ethics across cultures: An introductory text with readings. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.

Ozmon, H. A. & Craver, S. M. (2008). Philosophical foundations of education (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Merrill Prentice Hall.

Reagan, T. (2005). Non-Western educational traditions: Indigenous approaches to educational thought and practice (3rd ed.). Mahwah, NJ: L. Erlbaum Associates.

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