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The Metaphysics of Goodness

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posted on 2021-05-06, 14:03 authored by Berman ChanBerman Chan
What is it for something to be good? Using the example of an Ebola-like microbe, I argue that a merely kind-based account of goodness is defective (Chapter 1). I offer instead an account that is both kind-based and platonic (Chapter 2). On such an account, goodness turns out to be non-natural (Chapter 3). However, non-naturalists can explain why the goodness of an individual supervenes on its natural properties, by appealing to the essence of the kind to which it belongs (Chapter 4).


Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Philosophy

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Patrick P. Kain

Additional Committee Member 2

Michael Bergmann

Additional Committee Member 3

Jeffrey Brower

Additional Committee Member 4

Daniel Frank