Single Idea 3017

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. The Good / 1. Goodness / e. Good as knowledge]

Full Idea

There is only one good, namely knowledge, and there is only one evil, namely ignorance.

Gist of Idea

The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance


report of Socrates (reports of career [c.420 BCE]) by Diogenes Laertius - Lives of Eminent Philosophers 02.4.14

Book Reference

Diogenes Laertius: 'Diogenes Laertius', ed/tr. Yonge,C.D. [Henry G. Bohn 1853], p.68

A Reaction

Ignorance of how to commit evil sounds quite good.