Posts Tagged "moral monism"

Goodness: Intrinsic and Instrumental

Goodness: Intrinsic and Instrumental

We describe things as being good in two ways. Some things are good because they get us other good things. This is instrumental goodness. Money is a great example of this. Money buys us things we like and is good because it gets us what we want. Other things are good because of what they are. This is called intrinsic goodness. Friendship is a good example of this. We value friendship because it is friendship. No further reason is required. If...

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Freedom and the Good

Freedom and the Good

I have said in past posts that freedom is important because it gets us what we want and that freedom is incompatible with immoral decisions. It follows quite simply that the importance of freedom means that there must be more than one good thing we can do. Although this is not by itself an overwhelming reason to believe in that particular moral theory, it does contribute to the reasons we already have for believing it. Remember that freedom is...

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