publication . Article . 2014

On Having a Good

Korsgaard, Christine M.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2014
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
  • Country: United States
Abstract
In some recent papers I have been arguing that the concept ‘good-for’ is prior to the concept of ‘good’ (in the sense in which final ends are good), and exploring the implications of that claim. One of those implications is that everything that is good is good for someone. That implication seems to fall afoul of our intuitions about certain cases, such as the intuition that a world full of happy people and animals is better than a world full of miserable ones, even if the people and animals are different in the two cases, so that there is no one for whom the second world is better. Such cases tempt people to think that there must be impersonal goods, and that wh...
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