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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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Moral Goodness

Moral Goodness

Chapter:
(p.155) VII Moral Goodness
Source:
The Right and the Good
Author(s):

W. D. Ross

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199252653.003.0007

This is the last of five chapters on good, and examines moral goodness. Ross explains the concept of morally good as either being a certain sort of character or being related in one of certain definite ways to a certain sort of character. The matter of what kinds of things are morally good is then addressed, and further advances made in defining moral goodness. These begin by considering Immanuel Kant's views on the desire to do duty, and go on to consider conscientious—or virtuous—actions, scales of moral goodness (or badness), types of good desire, and bad actions.

Keywords:   bad actions, badness, character, conscientious actions, desire, duty, good desire, goodness, Immanuel Kant, moral badness, moral goodness, moral goodness of things, virtue, virtuous actions

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