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Benevolence is the criterion for moral action. The term was entered as a translation of the Latin word Benevolentia into German and contains elements of a benevolent attitude and openness to the concerns of those to whom this attitude applies. For Immanuel Kant , benevolence is the only primary virtue : "There is nothing in the world, indeed it is possible at all to think outside of the world, which could be considered good without restriction other than good will". If this is lacking, all other virtues can "also become extremely evil and harmful".

What is meant is an action that

Forms of benevolence are:


Related words and idioms:

  • to be benevolent / benevolent towards someone / something
  • Show goodwill towards someone / something
  • to examine a thing benevolently
  • with all goodwill
  • enjoy one's benevolence
  • to rely on someone's goodwill in a matter
  • to keep one's goodwill

Related terms

See also

Web links

Wiktionary: benevolence  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Kant: Basis for the Metaphysics of Morals , Anaconda Verlag, 2008.