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Single Idea 20267

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / D. Deontological Ethics / 2. Duty]

Full Idea

To require that duty always be somewhat burdensome - as Kant does - amounts to acquiring that it never become habit and custom: in this requirement there linger a tiny remnant of ascetic cruelty.

Gist of Idea

Seeing duty as a burden makes it a bit cruel, and it can thus never become a habit


Friedrich Nietzsche (Dawn (Daybreak) [1881], 339)

A Reaction

Habit, of course, is the ideal of Aristotelian virtue.

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Dawn (Daybreak)', ed/tr. Smith, Brittain [Stanford 2011], p.200