Single Idea 14517

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / e. Character]

Full Idea

We value our characters as our own personal possessions, whether they are good and envied by men or not. We must regard our neighbours' characters thus too, if they are respectable.

Gist of Idea

We value our own character, whatever it is, and we should respect the characters of others


Epicurus (Principle Doctrines ('Kuriai Doxai') (frags) [c.290 BCE], 15)

Book Reference

Epicurus: 'The Epicurus Reader', ed/tr. Inwood,B. /Gerson,L. [Hackett 1994], p.36

A Reaction

I like this because it introduces a metaethical dimension to the whole problem of virtue. We should value our own character - so should we try to improve it? Should we improve so much as to become unrecognisable?

Related Idea

Idea 14519 It is a great good to show reverence for a wise man [Epicurus]