Single Idea 12277

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 3. Virtues / a. Virtues]

Full Idea

Friendship is preferable to money; for excess of friendship is preferable to excess of money.

Gist of Idea

Friendship is preferable to money, since its excess is preferable


Aristotle (Topics [c.331 BCE], 118b07)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Posterior Analytics and Topica', ed/tr. Tredennick,H/Forster,ES [Harvard 1960], p.401

A Reaction

Compare Idea 12276, which gives a different criterion for choosing between virtues. This idea is an interesting qualification of the doctrine of the mean.

Related Idea

Idea 12276 Justice and self-control are better than courage, because they are always useful [Aristotle]