Is Love Absolutely Good?

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

Is Love Absolutely Good?

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This chapter examines a feature of human life that no comprehensive ethical theory can ignore: the love and affection that human beings normally develop for one or more of their fellow humans. Moore certainly does not ignore this topic; he considers “the pleasures of human intercourse or of personal affection” to be one of the greatest of goods. The question now raised is not how great a good the love of human beings is, but whether it is good at all. More precisely, the question is whether love (or affection or friendship) is good simpliciter.

Keywords: love; affection; human beings; good simpliciter

Chapter.  1777 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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