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Single Idea 20272

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

Full Idea

Among neither the Socratic nor the Christian virtues does honesty appear: it is one of the youngest virtues, still quite immature. ...We can advance it or retard it, as we see fit.

Gist of Idea

Honesty is a new young virtue, and we can promote it, or not


Friedrich Nietzsche (Dawn (Daybreak) [1881], 456)

A Reaction

I associate the virtue of honesty with the cult of sincerity of feelings which arose in the romantic movement.

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Dawn (Daybreak)', ed/tr. Smith, Brittain [Stanford 2011], p.233