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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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Is Love Absolutely Good?

Is Love Absolutely Good?

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Chapter 19 Is Love Absolutely Good?
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Against Absolute Goodness
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Richard Kraut

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844463.003.0019

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

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