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Against Absolute Goodness$
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Richard Kraut

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199844463

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844463.001.0001

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The Enjoyment of Beauty

The Enjoyment of Beauty

Chapter 18 The Enjoyment of Beauty
Against Absolute Goodness

Richard Kraut

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Moore's thesis that the reason we should enter (and help others enter) into situations in which we (and they) appreciate and enjoy things of beauty is that doing so is good simpliciter—that, in doing so, we add to “the sum of values in the universe.” One objection to this thesis is the same in form as the one raised in Chapter 16, which argued that if unobserved beauty is something worth protecting or creating, that by itself is no reason to posit the existence of absolute goodness.

Keywords:   beauty, enjoyment, absolute good, good simpliciter

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