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Single Idea 18227

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / B. Value / 1. Nature of Value / e. Means and ends]

Full Idea

We call final without qualification that which is always desirable in itself and never for the sake of something else.

Gist of Idea

We desire final things just for themselves, and not for the sake of something else


Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1097a30), quoted by Christine M. Korsgaard - Aristotle and Kant on the Source of Value 8 'Finality'

Book Reference

Korsgaard,Christine M.: 'Creating the Kingdom of Ends' [CUP 1996], p.230

A Reaction

This is such a simple and neat test for dividing what you value into two groups. You end up with things like art, philosophy, gardening, sipping wine, looking at beautiful views, talking to friends.

Related Idea

Idea 18228 An end can't be an ultimate value just because it is useless! [Korsgaard]