‘Good’ In Moral Contexts

R. M. Hare

in The Language of Morals

Published in print March 1963 | ISBN: 9780198810773
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597619 | DOI:
 ‘Good’ In Moral Contexts

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Hare first argues that his theory applies equally to instrumental and intrinsic goodness. He then goes on to show that his theory also holds for ‘good’ in both the non‐moral and moral context. People are falsely led to believe that ‘good’ is used differently in these contexts, Hare claims, because its descriptive meaning differs. Its evaluative meaning, however, is the same: in the moral context (‘good man’, ‘good act’) ‘good’ is always used to directly or indirectly commend people or human characters.

Keywords: descriptive meaning; evaluative meaning; good; instrumental goodness; intrinsic goodness; moral context

Chapter.  4849 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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