An Argument for Absolute Goodness

Richard Kraut

in Against Absolute Goodness

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199844463
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919550 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Moral Theory

An Argument for Absolute Goodness

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This chapter presents the main arguments of the current study. The discussion proceeds on the basis of entirely secular assumptions. If God exists, and if God is absolute goodness, then there is such a thing as absolute goodness, and something's being absolutely good, by being godlike, is a reason to value it. The study sets aside all questions about the existence and nature of God, and asks whether there is any other reason, drawn from assumptions widely accepted by common sense or secular philosophies, to suppose that there is such a thing as absolute goodness. Many friends of absolute goodness have assumed that there is, and have done so without seeking support in theological premises. Against them, it is argued that there are weighty reasons to demur.

Keywords: good; valuation; absolute goodness; God

Chapter.  629 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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