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Desire, Practical Reason, and the Good$
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Sergio Tenenbaum

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195382440

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382440.001.0001

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Aspects, Guises, Species, and Knowing Something to Be Good

Aspects, Guises, Species, and Knowing Something to Be Good

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(p.234) 10 Aspects, Guises, Species, and Knowing Something to Be Good
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Desire, Practical Reason, and the Good
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Philip Clark

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382440.003.0010

According to the guise of the good thesis, everything wanted is wanted under the aspect of some good. The truth of this thesis is a matter of controversy. But what hangs on this controversy? The point of the chapter is to question the need to settle whether the guise of the good thesis is true. I argue that guises of the good are many, not one, and that they matter because they promise to yield a viable account of how we know of something that it is good. But asking whether guises of the good matter is not the same as asking whether the guise of the good thesis matters. One can take full advantage of guises of the good while remaining neutral on the truth of the guise of the good thesis. Having seen this, we should slow down and ask ourselves why we need to decide whether everything wanted is wanted under the aspect of some good.

Keywords:   Raz, Stocker, Setiya, Quinn, Satan, wanting, intelligibility, desirability characterization

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