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Single Idea 20257

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 3. Virtues / d. Courage]

Full Idea

Courage as cold bravery and impeturbability, and courage as feverish, half-blind bravura - one calls both of these things by the same name! How different are the cold virtues from the warm ones!

Gist of Idea

Cool courage and feverish bravery have one name, but are two very different virtues


Friedrich Nietzsche (Dawn (Daybreak) [1881], 277)

A Reaction

How few philosophers are capable of making a subtle but accurate observation like this! How many other virtues should be subdivided?

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Dawn (Daybreak)', ed/tr. Smith, Brittain [Stanford 2011], p.182