Good-making and organic unity

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Good-making and organic unity
Author(s) Brännmark, Johan
Date 2016
English abstract
Since G. E. Moore introduced his concept of organic unity there has been some discussion of how one should best understand this notion and whether there actually are any organic unities in the Moorean sense. Such discussions do however often put general questions about part-whole relations to the side and tend to focus on interpreting our intuitive responses to possible cases of organic unity. In this paper the focus lies on the part-whole relation in valuable wholes and it is suggested that we should distinguish between two kinds of wholes, collections and complex unities, where the latter can involve values that do not pass on their value to the greater whole in which they are included. Given this distinction we are then able to distinguish between two kinds of organic unity phenomena, the first involving a form of goodness that emerges on the level of the whole, the second involving a form of goodness that is embedded on the level of parts. In order to properly understand the latter form of goodness, there is also a need to distinguish final value from inherent value.
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Publisher Springer
Host/Issue Philosophical Studies;
ISSN 1573-0883
Pages 1-18
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Goodness
G. E. Moore
Organic unity
Inherent value
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
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