The human “trinities within” are outlined below.

Part Intellect Power (self-motion) Will
Procession thoughts and words (persuasion) body (force) feelings (on their own causally inefficacious)
Visibility semi-public public private
Union Possible? in part, through a conversation no, bodies are private properties yes, through love
The Nature Trinity (Objective)
Part, Pursuit discovery of external law doing one’s duty escaping the beast within
Part, Enjoyment grasp of human nature ability to care for oneself from hatred to indifference
Virtue wisdom fear of the law charity, love of friendship
The Virtue Trinity (Intersubjective)
Part, Pursuit moral ideal self-discovery and soul-making 2nd-order desire “to be”
Part, Enjoyment seeing oneself in the true light conformance to the ideal, self-ownership contentment with oneself, peace
Cardinal Virtue justice temperance, self-control 2nd-order self-love
The (Narrow) Happiness Trinity (Subjective)
Part, Pursuit plan execution 1st-order desire “to have”
Part, Enjoyment contemplation of what one has, vision possession of it, comprehension contentment with the world, joy, fruition
Cardinal Virtue prudence courage 1st-order love of concupiscence

Use this table along with the one that assigns a gender to each cell.

The first end of nature is a means to the second end of virtue which in turn in a means to the last end of narrow happiness.

Each of these ends is also an essential constitutive part of true happiness which consists in an appropriate union of the three.

Categories: Metaethics


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