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Single Idea 19582

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 1. Nature of Ethics / b. Defining ethics]

Full Idea

Without philosophy there is no true morality, and without morality no philosophy.

Gist of Idea

Morality and philosophy are mutually dependent


Novalis (Logological Fragments I [1798], 21)

Book Reference

Novalis: 'Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. Stoljar,M.M. [SUNY 1997], p.53

A Reaction

Challenging! Maybe unthinking people drift in a sea of vague untethered morality, and people who seem to have a genuine moral strength are always rooted in some sort of philosophy. Maybe. Is the passion for philosophy a moral passion?