Single Idea 18229

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

Full Idea

This activity [contemplation] alone would seem to be loved for its own sake; for nothing arises from it apart from the contemplating, while from practical activities we gain more or less apart from the activity.

Gist of Idea

Only contemplation is sought for its own sake; practical activity always offers some gain


Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1177b), quoted by Christine M. Korsgaard - Aristotle and Kant on the Source of Value 8 'Finality'

Book Reference

Korsgaard,Christine M.: 'Creating the Kingdom of Ends' [CUP 1996], p.231

A Reaction

Not true. Gardening, walking, travelling, chatting with friends, reading. I'm shocked that he should say this.

Related Idea

Idea 18228 An end can't be an ultimate value just because it is useless! [Korsgaard]