The Definition of Good

The Definition of Good

The Definition of Good

The Definition of Good

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The question What is the definition of goodness must be distinguished from the question What things are good; and it is the former, not the latter, question which I discuss in this book. This question, while less immediately and obviously practical, is more fundamental, since it raises the issue whether ethics is explicable wholly in terms of something else, for example, human psychology, and it certainly ought to be answered before we decide either on the place value is to occupy in our conception of reality or on the ultimate characteristics which make one action right and another wrong.

I shall not attempt to give a list of those to whom I am indebted, because such a list would probably embrace all the main works on ethics which I have read and most of the people who have discussed with me, orally, the fundamental concepts of ethics. I must express my gratitude to my mother for her valued help in proofreading. I also have to thank the editors of Mind and Philosophy for having allowed me to use articles I had previously published in these periodicals.

A. C. EWING

TRINITY HALL CAMBRIDGE ENGLAND

November, 1946 . . .

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