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Single Idea 5925

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. The Good / 1. Goodness / b. Types of good]

Full Idea

Moore describes rightness and beauty as the two main value-attributes, apart from goodness.

Gist of Idea

The three main values are good, right and beauty


report of G.E. Moore (Principia Ethica [1903]) by W. David Ross - The Right and the Good žIV

Book Reference

Ross,W.David: 'The Right and the Good' [OUP 1930], p.116

A Reaction

This was a last-throw of the Platonic ideal, before we plunged into the value-free world of Darwin and the physicists. It is hard to agree with Moore, but also hard to disagree. Why do many people despise or ignore these values?