Chapter

What Things Are Good?

W. D. Ross

in The Right and the Good

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199252657
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598333 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199252653.003.0005

Series: British Moral Philosophers

What Things Are Good?

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This is the third of five chapters on good, and inquires into what kinds of things are intrinsically good. The first thing claimed as intrinsically good is virtuous disposition and action; the second is pleasure in itself. These two approaches are briefly analysed, with the goodness or badness of pleasure given particular attention. Ross concludes that four things can be seen to be intrinsically good—virtue, pleasure, the allocation of pleasure to the virtuous, and knowledge (and to a lesser degree right opinion). He is unable to discover anything that is intrinsically good that is not either one or a combination of these.

Keywords: badness; good; goodness; intrinsic goodness; knowledge; pleasure; right opinion; virtue

Chapter.  3143 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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