Rightness and Goodness: A Study in Contemporary Ethical Theory [Book Review]

Review of Metaphysics 13 (2):357-357 (1959)

In this extended examination of the Oxford deontologists' claim that rightness cannot be based upon goodness, Johnson argues that although the deontologists' arguments against the utilitarians are valid, their positive position must be rejected. Because Ross's "ought-can" argument and the "infinite regress" argument break down, the moral goodness of motives must be regarded as a necessary but not sufficient condition for moral rightness. Johnson proposes an alternative axiology theory which includes an "organic" as well as a moral and utilitarian goodness.--F. E. B.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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DOI revmetaph1959132224
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