The Case against Absolute Goodness Reviewed

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

The Case against Absolute Goodness Reviewed

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This chapter reviews the arguments against absolute goodness. If some things should be valued because they are, quite simply, good, we should be able to say with some confidence what they are. But every nomination of an item for this category has encountered difficulties. The problem is not that whenever some people call something good, others say that it is bad (or that it is intermediate in value) and that such a dispute cannot be rationally resolved. We have not, in other words, been asking, “ How can we know which things to classify as good rather than bad?” The problem, rather, is whether this classificatory scheme of the absolutely good and the absolutely bad is necessary or useful.

Keywords: absolute goodness; good; bad; value

Chapter.  2355 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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