Single Idea 5999

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 1. Goodness / a. Form of the Good]

Full Idea

Diogenes of Babylon defined the good as what is perfect by nature.

Gist of Idea

The good is what is perfect by nature

Source

report of Diogenes (Bab) (fragments/reports [c.180 BCE]) by D.L. Blank - Diogenes of Babylon

Book Reference

'Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy', ed/tr. Zeyl,Donald J. [Fitzroy Dearborn 1997], p.193


A Reaction

This might come close to G.E. Moore's Ideal Utilitarianism, but its dependence on the rather uneasy of concept of 'perfection' makes it questionable. Personally I find it appealing. I wish we had Diogenes' explanation.