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Against Absolute Goodness

Against Absolute Goodness

by Richard Kraut
     
 

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Are there things we should value because they are, quite simply, good? If so, such things might be said to have "absolute goodness." They would be good simpliciter or full stop - not good for someone, not good of a kind, but nonetheless good (period). They might also be called "impersonal values." The reason why we ought to value such things, if there are any, would

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Are there things we should value because they are, quite simply, good? If so, such things might be said to have "absolute goodness." They would be good simpliciter or full stop - not good for someone, not good of a kind, but nonetheless good (period). They might also be called "impersonal values." The reason why we ought to value such things, if there are any, would merely be the fact that they are, quite simply, good things. In the twentieth century, G. E. Moore was the great champion of absolute goodness, but he is not the only philosopher who posits the existence and importance of this property.

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"The obligatory joke — this book is very good, but not absolutely so — has essentially been made already in a blurb on the cover. In the blurb, Russ Shafer Landau says the book is excellent, and I have to agree it is. It is also very well written. With its lucid prose — rare in a philosophy book — it can be read in one sitting."—Nomy Arpaly, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199844463
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/02/2011
Series:
Oxford Moral Theory Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Kraut was educated at the University of Michigan and Princeton University. He has taught in the Philosophy Departments at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University, where he is Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor in the Humanities.

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