What is good? LO13124

Edwin Brenegar III (brenegar@bulldog.unca.edu)
Sat, 05 Apr 1997 22:07:36 -0500 (EST)

Replying to LO13105 --

On Thu, 3 Apr 1997, Thomas Benjamin wrote:

> The conversation on this list between Winfred Dressler and Chau Ngayen has
> an interesting query. What is goodness? Unless it is defined, it is
> meaningless, even a criminal may be good. etc.

Thomas, This reminds me of a philosophy of art course I took in college.
I took thinking that we would learn the specific philosophies of various
schools of art. Nope. We spent the entire semester discussing "What is
good?" While the question is an important one, the treatment in this
class was pathetic, except in that the professor was able to provoke us to
think. But, to him there was no answer to the question of what is good.
What I learned is that this sort of thinking apart from the real world can
be very self-indulgent. So I will add to the question of what is
goodness, and what difference will it make?

Not all philosophic question have a practical real world answer, but I
believe that must lead to something outside "themselves" or outside of its
circular argument.

I hope this is "good enough?"

For goodness sakes, I am,

Ed Brenegar


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