Definition of Summum bonum

1. Noun. The supreme good in which all moral values are included or from which they are derived.

Generic synonyms: Good, Goodness



Definition of Summum bonum

1. Noun. (philosophy) The greatest good; the ultimate importance, the singular and most ultimate end which human beings ought to pursue. ¹

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Literary usage of Summum bonum

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1. La démocratie libérale by Thomas Hodgkin, Etienne Vacherot (1896)
"Wealth cannot be the summum bonum, for it is not self-sufficing. Nor office, since it only brings out in stronger relief the wickedness of bad men ; since ..."

2. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant (1901)
"... SECOND Of the Ideal of the summum bonum as a Determining Ground of the Ultimate End of Pure Reason Reason conducted us, in its speculative use, ..."

3. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant, John Miller Dow Meiklejohn (1899)
"Of the Ideal of the summum bonum as a Determining Ground of the Ultimate End of Pure Reason Reason conducted us, in its speculative use, through the field ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"... longing to attain the summum bonum on the dissolution of his frail body, was enjoined to pass through a succession of four-orders or stages of life, ..."

5. Comte, Mill, and Spencer: An Outline of Philosophy by John ( Watson (1895)
"We have therefore to ask: What is the good ? what is the summum bonum ? The answer of the Hedonist is that the highest good will consist in the greatest ..."

6. The Philosophy of Kant Explained by John Watson (1908)
"THE summum bonum. 291 a The summum bonum, or highest good, contains two elements, which must be carefully distinguished from each other, viz., ..."

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