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Thomas Hurka


Perfectionism is one of the leading moral views of the Western tradition, defended by Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Leibniz, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and Green. Defined broadly, it holds that what is right is whatever most promotes certain objective human goods such as knowledge, achievement, and deep personal relations. Defined more narrowly, it identifies these goods by reference to human nature, so the human good consistsin developing the properties fundamental to human beings. If it is fundamental to humans to be rational (Aristotle), to labor (Marx), or to exercise power (Nietzsche), developi ... More

Keywords: achievement, Aristotle, equality, ethics, good, human nature, knowledge, liberty, morality, objective, perfectionism, rationality, value

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780195101164
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195101162.001.0001


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Thomas Hurka, author
University of Calgary
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