Phil 164-7 - Phil1647 15:12 Goodness ,inherentlygood ,...

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Phil 164-7 15:12 Goodness Intrinsically good – good in itself, inherently good The hedonistic utilitarian – pleasure is the only intrinsically good thing and pain is the  only intrinsically bad thing People believe that love is intrinsically good, but what can be truly defined as  intrinsically good. The hedonist will argue that these things are good just because they  bring about pleasure. Having knowledge is good, but it’s not good in itself, it’s good so  that it brings about pleasure. We’re looking for things for no other reason that they are good in themselves. The things  that are most basic, it’s not good for some other reason. If you subtract pleasure and show that it has more value than what it would have  naturally, then hedonism is false. Desire-satisfaction theory – the satisfaction of a person’s desires is intrinsically good Those who wish to harm others or harm themselves, they would have irrational 
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This note was uploaded on 10/24/2011 for the course PHIL 164 taught by Professor Doviak during the Fall '07 term at UMass (Amherst).

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Phil 164-7 - Phil1647 15:12 Goodness ,inherentlygood ,...

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