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Single Idea 4858

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / D. Deontological Ethics / 3. Universalisability]

Full Idea

He who lives under the guidance of reason, desires for others the good which he seeks for himself.

Gist of Idea

A rational person will want others to have the goods he seeks for himself


Baruch de Spinoza (The Ethics [1675], IV Pr 51)

Book Reference

Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Ethics, Improvement of Understanding, Letters', ed/tr. Elwes,R [Dover 1955], p.222

A Reaction

Obviously a very Kantian idea. It implies that all rational people desire similar goods, but it is rational to collect stamps but not want other people to do so as well. I don't think you should want what I want for Christmas.