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Single Idea 1851

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. The Good / 1. Goodness / g. Consequentialism]

Full Idea

Good applies to all goals, just as truth applies to all forms mind takes in.

Gist of Idea

Good applies to goals, just as truth applies to ideas in the mind


Thomas Aquinas (Quaestiones Disputatae de Malo [1271], Q6.reply)

Book Reference

Aquinas,Thomas: 'Selected Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. McDermott,Timothy [OUP 1993], p.177

A Reaction

In danger of being tautological, if good is understood as no more than the goal of actions. It seems perfectly possibly to pursue a wicked end, and perhaps feel guilty about it.