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Single Idea 23340

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Ethics Foundations / 2. Source of Ethics / e. Human nature]

Full Idea

We have these two elements mingled within us, a body in common with the animals, and reason and intelligence in common with the gods.

Gist of Idea

We consist of animal bodies and god-like reason


Epictetus (The Discourses [c.56], 1.03.03)

Book Reference

Epictetus: 'The Discourses, The Handbook, Fragments', ed/tr. Gill,C [Everyman 1995], p.11

A Reaction

This is what I call Human Exceptionalism, but note that it doesn't invoke a Christian soul or spiritual aspect. This separation of reason goes back at least to Plato. High time we stopped thinking this way. Animals behave very sensibly.