Moral Goodness

W. D. Ross

in The Right and the Good

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199252657
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598333 | DOI:

Series: British Moral Philosophers

Moral Goodness

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This is the last of five chapters on good, and examines moral goodness. Ross explains the concept of morally good as either being a certain sort of character or being related in one of certain definite ways to a certain sort of character. The matter of what kinds of things are morally good is then addressed, and further advances made in defining moral goodness. These begin by considering Immanuel Kant's views on the desire to do duty, and go on to consider conscientious—or virtuous—actions, scales of moral goodness (or badness), types of good desire, and bad actions.

Keywords: bad actions; badness; character; conscientious actions; desire; duty; good desire; goodness; Immanuel Kant; moral badness; moral goodness; moral goodness of things; virtue; virtuous actions

Chapter.  7821 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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