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Against absolute goodness

Author: Richard Kraut
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
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Are there things we should value because they are, quite simply, good? Richard Kraut argues that there are not. Goodness, he holds, is not a reason-giving property - in fact, there may be no such  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Kraut
ISBN: 9780199844463 0199844461
OCLC Number: 756279253
Description: 1 volume ; 21 cm
Contents: Contents ; Acknowledgments ; 1. Moore and the Idea of Goodness ; 2. Goodness Before and After Moore ; 3. An Argument for Absolute Goodness ; 4. Absolute Evil, Relative Goodness ; 5. Recent Skepticism about Goodness ; 6. Being Good and Being Good for Someone ; 7. Non-Instrumental Advantageousness ; 8. The Problem of Intelligibility ; 9. The Problem of Double Value ; 10. Pleasure Reconsidered ; 11. Scanlon's Buck-Passing Account of Value ; 12. Moore's Argument Against Relative Goodness ; 13. Goodness and Variability ; 14. Impersonality: an Ethical Objection to Absolute Goodness ; 15. Further Reflections on the Ethical Objection ; 16. Moore's Mistake About Unobserved Beauty ; 17. Better States of Affairs and Buck-Passing ; 18. The Enjoyment of Beauty ; 19. Is Love Absolutely Good? ; 20. Is Cruelty Absolutely Bad? ; 21. Kant on Suicide ; 22. Future Generations ; 23. Bio-Diversity ; 24. Is Equality Absolutely Good? ; 25. The Value of Persons and Other Creatures ; 26. Euthanasia ; 27. The Extinction of Humankind ; 28. The Case Against Absolute Goodness Reviewed ; 29. The Problem of Intelligibility Revisited ; 30. Attributive and Predicative Uses of <"Good>" ; Appendix A: Killing Persons ; Appendix B: J. David Velleman on the Value Inhering in Persons ; Appendix C: Robert Merrihew Adams on the Highest Good ; Appendix D: Thomas Hurka on the Structure of Goods ; Appendix E: Jeff McMahan on Impersonal Value ; Appendix F: Other Authors and Uses ; 1. Plato ; 2. Aristotle ; 3. John Rawls ; 4. John Broome ; Bibliography
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