Ideas from 'Philosophical Letters from England' by Francois-Marie Voltaire [1733], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Philosophical Letters (English Nation)' by Voltaire (ed/tr Dilworth,Ernest) [Dover 1961,0-486-42673-4]].

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23. Ethics / B. Contract Ethics / 2. Golden Rule
The Golden Rule is accepted everywhere, and gives a fixed target for morality
                        Full Idea: Pascal asks where we can find a fixed point in morality. The answer is in that single maxim accepted by all nations: "Do not do to others what you would not like to have done to you".
                        From: Francois-Marie Voltaire (Philosophical Letters from England [1733], 25)
                        A reaction: Should I only offer to my guests foods which I myself like? If I don't mind a bit of pain, is it all right to inflict it? It is a sensible rule, but not precise enough for philosophy.