The summer fun continues. Here’s a cool question raised by McT, quoted below:
"Both good and evil are quantitative. …. Good values then form a series, as do evil values. And these two constitute together the single series of values, of which the generating relation is "is better than" or "is worse than". Of any two values, good or evil, one will be better than the other, which will be worse than the first. This raises the question whether, after all, there are in reality two sorts of values, good and evil, or whether there is no such distinction, and no such positive qualities as good and evil but rather only relations of better and worse…. In a series of magnitudes each is larger or smaller than each of the others. But no magnitude is positively large or small. Is the series of values like this?" [Nature of Existence, pp. 409-410.]
This strikes me as a pretty cool question. Grant that there are objective facts concerning whether one thing is intrinsically better than another. Why go further and say that some things are good or bad?
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