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Single Idea 12294

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Ethics Foundations / 1. Nature of Ethics / h. Against ethics]

Full Idea

Heraclitus said that good and evil are the same thing.

Gist of Idea

Good and evil are the same thing


report of Heraclitus (fragments/reports [c.500 BCE], 58/102) by Aristotle - Topics 159b32

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Posterior Analytics and Topica', ed/tr. Tredennick,H/Foster,ES [Harvard 1960], p.707

A Reaction

Heaven knows what he meant by this, though it sounds suspiciously like moral nihilism. Maybe Heraclitus was not a very nice man. Or is the thought a more sophisticated one, in line with Nietzsche's remarks about cultural morality?