Single Idea 5837

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Value / 2. Values / g. Fine deeds]

Full Idea

Things are always both good and fine by the same standard.


'Fine' is the same word (kalon) as 'beautiful'

Gist of Idea

Things are both good and fine by the same standard


report of Socrates (reports of career [c.420 BCE]) by Xenophon - Memorabilia of Socrates 3.8.5

Book Reference

Xenophon: 'Conversations of Socrates', ed/tr. Waterfield,R/Tredennick,H. [Penguin 1990], p.159

A Reaction

This begs many questions, but perhaps it leads to what we call intuitionism, which is an instant ability is perceive a fine action (even in an enemy). This leads to the rather decadent view that the aim of life is the production of beauty.