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Single Idea 3071

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. The Good / 3. Pleasure / c. Value of pleasure]

Full Idea

In the constitution of the rational animal I see no virtue which is opposed to justice; but I see a virtue which is opposed to pleasure, and that is temperance.

Gist of Idea

Justice has no virtue opposed to it, but pleasure has temperance opposed to it


Marcus Aurelius (The Meditations (To Himself) [c.170], 8.39)

Book Reference

'Essential Works of Stoicism', ed/tr. Hadas,Moses [Bantam 1961], p.166

A Reaction

There are plenty of hideous things opposed to justice, but presumably that immediately disqualifies them from being virtues.