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Single Idea 23366

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

Full Idea

The will of nature may be learned from those things in which we do not differ from one another.

Gist of Idea

We see nature's will in the ways all people are the same


Epictetus (The Handbook [Encheiridion] [c.58], 26)

Book Reference

Epictetus: 'The Discourses, The Handbook, Fragments', ed/tr. Gill,C [Everyman 1995], p.295

A Reaction

There you go! This is the rule for anthropologists on field trips. And it guides us towards a core of essential human nature. But it neglects the way that nature is expressed in different cultures, which is also important.