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Against Absolute Goodness$
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Richard Kraut

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199844463

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844463.001.0001

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Moore's Mistake about Unobserved Beauty

Moore's Mistake about Unobserved Beauty

Chapter 16 Moore's Mistake about Unobserved Beauty
Against Absolute Goodness

Richard Kraut

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the enjoyment of beauty. It asks whether we should be convinced that the enjoyment of beauty has the property of being, quite simply, good. If we find that idea appealing, then we will be committed to saying that there is such a property as goodness. Moore makes a stronger claim: not only is the enjoyment of beauty good (period); it is—along with “the pleasures of human intercourse”—one of the most valuable things we can have. It is, in other words, not a small good, but one of the greatest.

Keywords:   beauty, enjoyment, good, goodness

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