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Happiness and Goodness

I have shown that the only way that desire is compatible with perfect happiness is if the desire and will to act are identical. But what is the relationship between happiness and goodness? Perfect happiness requires doing what is good. But does it require doing what is intrinsically good or not? Perfect happiness is incompatible with willing what is instrumentally good. Perfect happiness is comple...

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 ...