Chapter

The Enjoyment of Beauty

Richard Kraut

in Against Absolute Goodness

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199844463
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919550 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844463.003.0018

Series: Oxford Moral Theory

The Enjoyment of Beauty

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This chapter focuses on Moore's thesis that the reason we should enter (and help others enter) into situations in which we (and they) appreciate and enjoy things of beauty is that doing so is good simpliciter—that, in doing so, we add to “the sum of values in the universe.” One objection to this thesis is the same in form as the one raised in Chapter 16, which argued that if unobserved beauty is something worth protecting or creating, that by itself is no reason to posit the existence of absolute goodness.

Keywords: beauty; enjoyment; absolute good; good simpliciter

Chapter.  1881 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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