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The Ajax DilemmaJustice, Fairness, and Rewards$
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Paul Woodruff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199768615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768615.001.0001

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Good Things and Their Doubles

Good Things and Their Doubles

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(p.131) Good Things and Their Doubles
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The Ajax Dilemma
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Paul Woodruff

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768615.003.0013

This chapter discusses how something that is really good—an ideal—often has a double that is not so good. Courage, for instance, is a good thing. One of its doubles is fearlessness, which is not a good thing because it can encourage reckless behavior. Fearlessness is not courage; it only looks that way. The chapter also explains the notions of wisdom, reverence, leadership, justice, and their corresponding doubles. It concludes with a table that shows roughly the pattern formed by good things and their doubles.

Keywords:   doubles, fearlessness, courage, good things, ideal, wisdom, reverence, leadership, justice

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