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The Right and the Good$
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David Ross and Philip Stratton-Lake

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199252657

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199252653.001.0001

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What Things Are Good?

What Things Are Good?

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(p.134) V What Things Are Good?
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The Right and the Good
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W. D. Ross

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199252653.003.0005

This is the third of five chapters on good, and inquires into what kinds of things are intrinsically good. The first thing claimed as intrinsically good is virtuous disposition and action; the second is pleasure in itself. These two approaches are briefly analysed, with the goodness or badness of pleasure given particular attention. Ross concludes that four things can be seen to be intrinsically good—virtue, pleasure, the allocation of pleasure to the virtuous, and knowledge (and to a lesser degree right opinion). He is unable to discover anything that is intrinsically good that is not either one or a combination of these.

Keywords:   badness, good, goodness, intrinsic goodness, knowledge, pleasure, right opinion, virtue

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