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Single Idea 17210

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 1. Virtue Theory / b. Basis of virtue]

Full Idea

The endeavour after self-preservation is the primary and only foundation of virtue.

Gist of Idea

All virtue is founded on self-preservation


Baruch de Spinoza (The Ethics [1675], IV Pr 22)

Book Reference

Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Ethics', ed/tr. White,WH/Stirling,AH [Wordsworth 2001], p.179

A Reaction

This fits in perfectly with modern evolutionary ethics.