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Single Idea 20274

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

Full Idea

Honest towards ourselves and whatever else is our friend; courageous toward the enemy; magnanimous toward the defeated; polite - always. This is how the four cardinal virtues want us to be.

Gist of Idea

The cardinal virtues want us to be honest, brave, magnanimous and polite


Friedrich Nietzsche (Dawn (Daybreak) [1881], 556)

A Reaction

I take this to be Nietzsche genuinely asserting his four cardinal virtues, rather than being ironic. He certainly asserts politeness as the fourth virtue earlier in the book. Cf a different list in Idea 20382

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Dawn (Daybreak)', ed/tr. Smith, Brittain [Stanford 2011], p.276

Related Idea

Idea 20382 The four virtues are courage, insight, sympathy, solitude [Nietzsche]