Single Idea 6236

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 3. Pleasure / d. Sources of pleasure]

Full Idea

How much the social pleasures are superior to any other may be known by visible tokens and effects; the marks and signs which attend this sort of joy are more intense and clear than those which attend the satisfaction of thirst and hunger.

Gist of Idea

People more obviously enjoy social pleasures than they do eating and drinking


3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Inquiry Concerning Virtue or Merit [1699], II.II.I)

Book Reference

'British Moralists 1650-1800 Vol. 1', ed/tr. Raphael,D.D. [Hackett 1991], p.182

A Reaction

He presumably refers to smiles and laughter, but they could be misleading as they are partly a means of social communication. You should ask people whether they would prefer a nice conversation or a good pork chop. Nice point, though.