Moral Worth

Nomy Arpaly

in Unprincipled Virtue

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152043
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785780 | DOI:
 Moral Worth

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This chapter proposes a quality-of-will based theory of moral worth. It argues that people are praiseworthy for acts of good will and blameworthy for acts of ill will or absence of good will, and the amount of praise or blame they deserve varies with the depth of their motivation or extent of their indifference. Since good will is wanting to perform actions that have whatever property it is that makes action right, a full account of moral worth is impossible until the property that makes actions right is known.

Keywords: moral worth; good will; ill will; praise; blame; action; concern

Chapter.  21661 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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