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Single Idea 23353

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / a. Natural virtue]

Full Idea

What faculty do you mean? - Have we not a natural sense of honour? - We have.

Gist of Idea

We have a natural sense of honour


Epictetus (The Discourses [c.56], 2.10.22)

Book Reference

Epictetus: 'The Discourses, The Handbook, Fragments', ed/tr. Gill,C [Everyman 1995], p.97

A Reaction

This seems unlikely, given the lower status that honour now has with us, compared to two hundred years ago. But there may be a natural sense of status, and of humiliation and shame.