Adams - Adams's Theistic Platonism(God as the Good A This...

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Adams's Theistic Platonism (God as the Good) A. This is developed in Adams's new book, Finite and Infinite Goods (Oxford, 1999). As in the case of his divine command theory, this is a theory of the real essence of goodness, not a theory of the meaning of the word 'good' or of our concept of goodness. In the "Moral Commands" paper, Adams deals with such concepts as right./wrong, moral obligation, guilt. In FIG, Adams deals with such concepts as good, valuable, excellent (including morally excellent, virtuous). B. Plato held (in the Symposium, the Republic, and elsewhere) that good things are good by virtue of a resemblance to the Good itself, a transcendent standard of absolute goodness. Adams takes on Plato's theory, but identifies the Good with the Christian God. C. Not just any resemblance to God constitutes goodness: 1. Resembling God's contingent properties (such as the property of speaking to Abraham) does not constitute a kind of goodness. 2.
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