Single Idea 2810

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Value / 2. Values / g. Self interest]

Full Idea

Selfishness is condemned, and justly, but selfishness is not simply to be fond of oneself, but to be excessively fond.

Gist of Idea

Selfishness is wrong not because it is self-love, but because it is excessive


Aristotle (Politics [c.332 BCE], 1263b03)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'The Politics', ed/tr. Sinclair,T.A. /Saunders,T. [Penguin 1992], p.115