An Empiricist’s Argument for the Primacy of the Sensible Good

  • All knowledge is of sensible things.
  • The good is known.
  • Therefore the knowable good is a sensible thing.
  • But the sensible good is pleasure.
  • Therefore, the knowable good is pleasure.
  • Thus we would see that the only known good would be the pleasant.
  • Consequently, it would be irrational hold something else to be good.
  • Thus, there would be no reasonable basis to be virtuous, unless virtue enabled one to live more pleasantly.


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