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Perfectionism and the Common GoodThemes in the Philosophy of T. H. Green$
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David O. Brink

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266401

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199266409.001.0001

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PURSUIT OF A PERSONAL GOOD

PURSUIT OF A PERSONAL GOOD

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XI. PURSUIT OF A PERSONAL GOOD
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Perfectionism and the Common Good
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David O. Brink (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199266409.003.0011

This chapter focuses on Green's views about personal good. He believes that the responsible agent acts not simply on appetites or passions, but as the result of ought judgements or in light of a conception of goods. He also says that the deliberating agent takes the object of reflectively endorsed desire as his own good, indeed, his own greatest good, and that he aims at ‘self-satisfaction’. Green thinks that the agent's own good includes the good of others and that this undermines the popular contrast between self-love and altruism. It is argued that if these claims can be defended, then the egoist interpretation of the aim of responsible action should not be rejected on the grounds that it is inconsistent with a concern for the good of others or a willingness to engage in self-sacrifice.

Keywords:   T. H. Green, pursuit of goods, greatest good, egoist

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