Single Idea 92

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Value / 2. Values / h. Self interest]

Full Idea

It is right for the good man to be self-loving, because then he will both be benefited himself by performing fine actions, and also help others.

Gist of Idea

Self-love benefits ourselves, and also helps others


Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1169a12)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Ethics (Nicomachean)', ed/tr. ThomsonJ A K/TredennickH [Penguin 1976], p.302

A Reaction

This is the simple and correct defence of self-love. If everyone develops their own character and abilities, we all benefit. Selfishness is the excess, not the mean.