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Single Idea 14513

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 3. Virtues / c. Justice]

Full Idea

The justice of nature is a pledge of reciprocal usefulness, neither to harm one another nor to be harmed.

Gist of Idea

Justice is a pledge of mutual protection


Epicurus (Principle Doctrines ('Kuriai Doxai') (frags) [c.290 BCE], 31)

Book Reference

Epicurus: 'The Epicurus Reader', ed/tr. Inwood,B. /Gerson,L. [Hackett 1994], p.35

A Reaction

Notice that justice is not just reciprocal usefulness, but a 'pledge' to that effect. This implies a metaethical value of trust and honesty in keeping the pledge. Is it better to live by the pledge, or to be always spontaneously useful?