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From Morality to Virtue$
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Michael Slote

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195093926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195093925.001.0001

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Two Kinds of Intrinsic Goodness

Two Kinds of Intrinsic Goodness

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(p.184) 12 Two Kinds of Intrinsic Goodness
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From Morality to Virtue
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195093925.003.0012

Two different kinds of intrinsic goodness are often conflated. A state of affairs can be intrinsically good (e.g. the virtuous being happy), but certain things can be intrinsically good for a person, a constitutive element in his or her welfare. These notions do not come together, as Kant's example of the prosperous but evil individual manifestly indicates: intuitively, such a state of affairs is in itself intrinsically bad but is nonetheless intrinsically good for, i.e. beneficial to, the prosperous individual. Any virtue ethics needs to keep these concepts distinct.

Keywords:   beneficial, good for a person, good state of affairs, intrinsically good, virtue ethics

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