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Features of Goodness

John Broome

in Weighing Lives

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780199243761
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602900 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019924376X.003.0004
 Features of Goodness

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This chapter discusses three debated features of goodness. It argues that the relation of betterness is necessarily transitive. It compares the ideas of goodness overall, goodness for a person, and goodness for a person at a time. It considers whether goodness must always be relative to a standpoint, and whether it is necessarily impartial.

Keywords: transitivity of betterness; personal good; temporal good; wellbeing; relative goodness; impartial value

Chapter.  13025 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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