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Single Idea 7915

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 1. Goodness / e. Good as knowledge]

Full Idea

Supreme cleverness is knowledge of the real value of things.

Gist of Idea

Supreme cleverness is knowledge of the real value of things

Source

La Rochefoucauld (Maxims [1663], 244)

Book Reference

Rochefoucauld,La: 'Maxims' [Penguin 1959], p.66


A Reaction

Good. Right at the heart of wisdom is some kind of grasp of right values. It is so complex and subtle that it seems like pure intuition, but I am sure that reason is involved. 'Intelligent' people tend to be better at it. Some justifications can be given.