PHL211Paper9 - Molly Shifrin PHL 211 March 30th, 2010 Paper...

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Molly Shifrin PHL 211 March 30 th , 2010 Paper #9 Mackie describes first order good as happiness and pleasure, namely what one feels when one feels “good.” When pleasant things happen or things go your way that is first order good. It is composed of solely good things, or things which benefit the recipient or participant. First order evil is the contrast to that, pain and suffering. This first order evil is surface level pain, something that someone can experience on any given day. It can be more extreme than that, surely, but it is mainly the evil which exists in day- to-day life. It seems to be on the most basic level, anything that negatively effects man. Second order evil, however, is when “first order good is decreasing and first order evil is increasing”(55). By this he means a type of second hand evil, in opposition to second order good. Second order good is a good, which involves evil. The evil is there to necessitate the appreciation of the good. The evil must be necessarily there for the good
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This note was uploaded on 09/05/2011 for the course PHL 211 taught by Professor Schueller during the Spring '10 term at Miami University.

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PHL211Paper9 - Molly Shifrin PHL 211 March 30th, 2010 Paper...

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