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Single Idea 21517

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

Full Idea

What we shall desire for individuals is now clear: strong creative impulses, overpowering and absorbing the instinct of possession; reverence for others; respect for the fundamental creative impulses in ourselves.

Gist of Idea

Individuals need creativity, reverence for others, and self-respect


Bertrand Russell (Political Ideals [1917], 1)

A Reaction

Interesting that when Russell focuses on morality, he turns to virtues, rather than to rules. He uses 'reverence' where I would favour 'respect'. His concept of creativity is broad, and does not just concern art etc.

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Political Ideals' [Spokesman 2007], p.14