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Finite and Infinite Goods: A Framework for Ethics

Robert Merrihew Adams


The book proposes a framework for ethics that is organized around a transcendent Good and its relation to the many finite goods of our experience. Two main themes are the central role of the Good in ethics and the transcendence of the infinite Good, which is identified with God. Part One (Chs. 1–4) is devoted to the nature of the Good, arguing that a theory that assigns to God a role as definitive archetype of Good, analogous to the role of the Form of the Good in Plato, is the most satisfactory metaphysics of morals and compatible with the most plausible semantics of morals. Among types of go ... More

Keywords: divine command, ethics, excellence, faith, love, morality, obligation, philosophy of religion, revelation, semantics, the Good, transcendence

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195153712
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195153715.001.0001


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Robert Merrihew Adams, author
Yale University
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