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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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An Argument for Absolute Goodness

An Argument for Absolute Goodness

Chapter 3 An Argument for Absolute Goodness
Against Absolute Goodness

Richard Kraut

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the main arguments of the current study. The discussion proceeds on the basis of entirely secular assumptions. If God exists, and if God is absolute goodness, then there is such a thing as absolute goodness, and something's being absolutely good, by being godlike, is a reason to value it. The study sets aside all questions about the existence and nature of God, and asks whether there is any other reason, drawn from assumptions widely accepted by common sense or secular philosophies, to suppose that there is such a thing as absolute goodness. Many friends of absolute goodness have assumed that there is, and have done so without seeking support in theological premises. Against them, it is argued that there are weighty reasons to demur.

Keywords:   good, valuation, absolute goodness, God

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