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Single Idea 22755

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. The Good / 1. Goodness / b. Types of good]

Full Idea

Just as fire which is warmth-giving by nature warms all men, and does not chill some of them, so what is good by nature ought to be good for all, and not good for some but not good for others.

Gist of Idea

Like a warming fire, what is good by nature should be good for everyone


Sextus Empiricus (Against the Ethicists (one book) [c.180], II.69)

Book Reference

Sextus Empiricus: 'Against the Physicists/Against the Ethicists', ed/tr. Bury,R.G. [Harvard Loeb 1997], p.419

A Reaction

This is going to confine the naturally good to the basics of life, which we all share. Is a love of chess a natural good? It seems to capture an aspect of human nature, without appealing to everyone. Sextus says nothing is good for everyone.