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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


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.