For it seems that the name of virtue presupposes difficulty and contrast.

I understand this: The name of virtue presupposes difficulty, it literally means what it meant.

But for the name of virtue presupposes contrast, I'd say that quality of goodness in people is best shown when both type of obviously different people (virtue and vice) exist in the community. Am I intrepreting it correctly?

Please help and thanks.

Isabelle
Hi,

The general idea seems to be that you can't have virtue without having vice, or good without evil.

And perhaps you can't have good grammar without bad grammar?Emotion: smile

Clive
Clive The general idea seems to be that you can't have virtue without having vice, or good without evil.
I see it now, thanks, Clive.
CliveAnd perhaps you can't have good grammar without bad grammar?
This must be true under all circumstances. Emotion: giggle

Thanks again, Clive.

Isabelle
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You have just taken this part of a sentence out of context. You need to read the context to interpret it accurately. The author is making a distinction between goodness and virtue.

Edit: I think that Clive got the idea, though!
AlpheccaStarsYou have just taken this part of a sentence out of context. You need to read the context to interpret it accurately.
Oh..., you're right! The whole sentence reads "For it seems that the name of virtue presupposes difficulty and contrast, and that it cannot be exercised without oppostion."I'll provide full context in the future. Emotion: smile

Sorry and thanks, AlpheccaStars.

Isabelle
The author is describing the distinction between good and virtuous in the previous sentences.

Someone who is good is not necessarily virtuous. Virtue requires that a person be good after having been wronged or injured. Without that context of difficulty (i.e. a contrast in the circumstances), he cannot be called virtuous.

The author is not really talking about the dichotomy of good and evil, but the contrast of goodness and virtue.
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A perfect explanation to me. Thanks, AlpheccaStars.

Isabelle