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Single Idea 5128

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 1. Goodness / a. Form of the Good]

Full Idea

Things are called good in as many senses as they are said to exist (e.g. substance, quality, quantity, relation, place, time); clearly, then, there cannot be a single universal common to all cases.

Gist of Idea

Each category of existence has its own good, so one Good cannot unite them


Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1096a23)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Ethics (Nicomachean)', ed/tr. ThomsonJ A K/TredennickH [Penguin 1976], p.70

A Reaction

It doesn't follow that because you can divide the substratum, that therefore the superstructure lacks unity. One tree has many roots. We must ask whether a good substance and a good quantity have anything in common.