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The philosophy of good.

Marples, Philip (1993) The philosophy of good. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.94508) (KAR id:94508)


This Thesis discusses the nature of "good", as it exists and in its character as the goal of human action. I seek to show the integral relations of "good" within the world-order and its wider cosmological context. In the Introduction, I discuss the epistemological orientation of my approach and give an account of Husserl's epistemology. This leads to preliminary discussion of ontological structures of consciousness and description of the manifestation of "good" in "good-feeling". In Section 1, I describe the phenomena of good-feeling in their relations to the structures of consciousness and experience. In Section 2 . I give expositions of the works of Kant, Hegel and Sartre with respect to "good" and criticize phenomenologically. In Section 3 . I begin with an account of Scheler's theory of value and love, followed by criticism. This leads up to my presentation of my theory of "valour", using this term in a technical sense of my own adoption, meaning one's sense of personal value. This involves the "politics" and "pathology" of valour and its relations to mutual love, sexual attraction and, finally, morality. In the Conclusion, I firstly recapitulate my findings regarding "good" so far. Hollowing this, I present what in my view "a priori ontology" can establish concerning the being and nature of "good". In the final Appendix, I extend my discussion into what, epistemologically speaking, is the province of speculative metaphysics. Here I suggest and outline a world-view which expresses the changing relations of human beings and their "good" in relation to the wider context of the cosmos and its "good". This draws heavily on the works and insights of Rudolf Steiner. From his indications concerning social organization, I finally focus on proposing a concrete direction for the present human good.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.94508
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Uncontrolled keywords: Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Department of Philosophy
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Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2023 11:11 UTC
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