summum bonum

The maximum good; that which is an end in itself . The nature of this state preoccupied both ancient and Christian writers (see agathon ), although Hobbes probably had the last word: ‘But for an utmost end, in which the ancient philosophers have placed felicity, and disputed much concerning the way thereto, there is no such thing in this world, nor way to it, more than to Utopia: for while we live, we have desires, and desire presupposeth a further end.’

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  • Summum bonum — (Latin for the highest good) is an expression used in philosophy, particularly in medieval philosophy, to describe the ultimate importance, the singular and most ultimate end which human beings ought to pursue. The summum bonum is generally… …   Wikipedia

  • Summum bonum — (en latín, el mayor bien ) es una expresión utilizada en la filosofía, sobre todo en la filosofía medieval y en la de Immanuel Kant, para describir la importancia definitiva, el fin último y lo más singular que los seres humanos deben seguir. El… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Summum bonum — (« souverain bien » en latin) est une locution latine utilisée en philosophie pour décrire l importance ultime (en), l objectif final recherché par tout être humain. La summum bonum est généralement considérée comme une fin en soi …   Wikipédia en Français

  • SUMMUM BONUM —         (лат.) высшее благо. Бог. Философский энциклопедический словарь. М.: Советская энциклопедия. Гл. редакция: Л. Ф. Ильичёв, П. Н. Федосеев, С. М. Ковалёв, В. Г. Панов. 1983. SUMMUM BONUM …   Философская энциклопедия

  • Summum bonum — (lat.), das höchste Gut. – Summum jus summa injurĭa, das strengste (auf die Spitze getriebene) Recht (ist oft) die größte Ungerechtigkeit …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Summum bonum — Summum bonum, lat., das höchste Gut; summum jus summa injuria, lat. Sprichwort, das größte Recht ist oft die größte Ungerechtigkeit …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Summum bonum — Sum mum bo num [L.] (Philos.) The supreme or highest good, referring to the object of human life. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Summum bonum — (lat.), höchstes Gut, vgl. Gut, S. 540 …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • summum bonum — [soom′əm bō′nəm] n. [L] the highest, or supreme, good …   English World dictionary

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  • summum bonum — noun /ˈsʌməm ˈbəʊnəm,ˈsʊməm ˈbɒnəm/ The greatest good; the ultimate importance, the singular and most ultimate end which human beings ought to pursue. Our summum bonum is commodity, and the goddess we adore Dea Moneta, Queen Money, to whom we… …   Wiktionary

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