Single Idea 24

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

Full Idea

Honour is felt to depend more on those who confer than on him who receives it.

Gist of Idea

Honour depends too much on the person who awards it


Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1095b22)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Ethics (Nicomachean)', ed/tr. ThomsonJ A K/TredennickH [Penguin 1976], p.68

A Reaction

That presumably means that honour is not only highly relative (much more so than a society's other virtues), but that the persons awarding the honours are highly biased. See the absurd UK House of Lords.