Aspects, guises, species and knowing something to be good
|Abstract||Occasionally, we catch philosophers agreeing, if not on answers then at least on what questions matter. At present, nearly anyone working in ethics will tell you we need to understand practical reasoning. And nearly anyone interested in practical reason will tell you we need to know whether one can pursue something without seeing it as good. I want to ask, of this latter question, whether it really does matter philosophically. I don’t doubt that we need to understand how value is related to desire, reasons, deliberation, character, choice, action and so on. But I am worried that the tendency to square off over the guise of the good is a distraction. Accordingly, I begin by considering why the relation between pursuit and value is philosophically interesting. Then I argue that, if I am right about why it is interesting, we don’t need to settle whether it is possible to pursuing things without seeing them under the aspect of the good. As I see it, what makes the guise of the good interesting is that it promises to..|
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