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Single Idea 6258

[catalogued under 3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 3. Value of Truth]

Full Idea

The distinctive mark of the Truth we hold ought to be virtue, which is the most exacting mark of Truth, the closest one to heaven and the most worthy thing that Truth produces.

Gist of Idea

Virtue is the distinctive mark of truth, and its greatest product


Michel de Montaigne (Apology for Raymond Sebond [1580], p.0493)

Book Reference

Montaigne,Michel de: 'The Complete Essays', ed/tr. Screech,M.A. [Penguin 1987], p.493

A Reaction

A long way from Tarski and minimalist theories of truth! But not so far from pragmatism. Personally I think Montaigne is making an important claim, which virtue theorists should be attempting to incorporate into their theory. Aristotle would sympathise.