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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Year Degree Awarded
Month Degree Awarded
Ethics and Political Philosophy | Metaphysics
I defend and explicate a Moorean program in value theory. I claim that intrinsic goodness is the fundamental concept of axiology, and argue that the notion should be understood as G.E. Moore suggested in the Principia Ethica. In the first three chapters, I address popular challenges to the Moorean project, including objections raised by Judith Jarvis Thomson, Shelly Kagan, and Christine Korsgaard. After, I turn to explication: I attend to the connection between goodness and other normative notions, and present what I take to be the most attractive version of the Moorean view. Finally, I address a perennial puzzle in Moorean axiology: the nature and existence of value pluralism.
Tucker, Miles, "The Concept of Intrinsic Goodness: Essays in Moorean Moral Philosophy" (2017). Doctoral Dissertations. 1133.