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Single Idea 12495

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 2. Source of Ethics / b. Rational ethics]

Full Idea

The highest perfection of intellectual nature lies in a careful and constant pursuit of true and solid happiness.

Gist of Idea

Pursuit of happiness is the highest perfection of intellectual nature

Source

John Locke (Essay Conc Human Understanding (2nd Ed) [1694], 2.21.51)

Book Reference

Locke,John: 'Essay Concerning Human Understanding', ed/tr. Nidditch,P.H. [OUP 1979], p.266


A Reaction

A nice remark, in which the word 'intellectual' is particularly interesting. Locke is inclined to equate happiness with pleasure and the absence of pain.