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The Ajax DilemmaJustice, Fairness, and Rewards$
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Paul Woodruff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199768615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768615.001.0001

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Good Things and Their Doubles

Good Things and Their Doubles

(p.131) Good Things and Their Doubles
The Ajax Dilemma

Paul Woodruff

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how something that is really good—an ideal—often has a double that is not so good. Courage, for instance, is a good thing. One of its doubles is fearlessness, which is not a good thing because it can encourage reckless behavior. Fearlessness is not courage; it only looks that way. The chapter also explains the notions of wisdom, reverence, leadership, justice, and their corresponding doubles. It concludes with a table that shows roughly the pattern formed by good things and their doubles.

Keywords:   doubles, fearlessness, courage, good things, ideal, wisdom, reverence, leadership, justice

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