more from Seneca the Younger

Single Idea 13561

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / j. Unity of virtue]

Full Idea

In the case of virtue excess should not be feared, since in virtue resides moderation.

Gist of Idea

Virtue is always moderate, so excess need not be feared


Seneca the Younger (On the Happy Life [c.60], 13)

Book Reference

Seneca: 'Dialogues and Essays', ed/tr. Davie,John [Penguin 2007], p.96

A Reaction

This seems to imply that all of the virtues are unified in the one achievement of the virtuous state. It leaves the notion of 'virtue' a bit thin in content, though.