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Single Idea 23328

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

Full Idea

The essence of the good is a certain disposition of our choice, and essence of evil likewise.

Gist of Idea

The essences of good and evil are in dispositions to choose


Epictetus (The Discourses [c.56], 1.29.01)

Book Reference

Epictetus: 'The Discourses, The Handbook, Fragments', ed/tr. Gill,C [Everyman 1995], p.65

A Reaction

This is the origin of Kant's famous view, that the only true good is a good will. This is the alternative to good character or good states of affairs as the good. It points towards the modern more legalistic view of morality, as concerning actions.

Related Idea

Idea 3710 The only purely good thing is a good will [Kant]