Moore's Mistake about Unobserved Beauty

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

Moore's Mistake about Unobserved Beauty

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This chapter focuses on the enjoyment of beauty. It asks whether we should be convinced that the enjoyment of beauty has the property of being, quite simply, good. If we find that idea appealing, then we will be committed to saying that there is such a property as goodness. Moore makes a stronger claim: not only is the enjoyment of beauty good (period); it is—along with “the pleasures of human intercourse”—one of the most valuable things we can have. It is, in other words, not a small good, but one of the greatest.

Keywords: beauty; enjoyment; good; goodness

Chapter.  2474 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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