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The Varieties of Goodness

1958 to 1960
University of St. Andrews

Von Wright’s Varieties of Goodness is constituted by his second set of Gifford lectures, in 1960, entitled ‘Values’, which was the second section of his two-part project, ‘Norms and Values, an Inquiry into the Conceptual Foundations of Morals and Legislation’. He suggests that a full appreciation of the varieties of goodness is essential to attaining a correct philosophical grasp of morality. Thus, he regards his study as a groundwork to a study of ethics, rather than itself a work of ethics. In conducting his survey of the ‘varieties of goodness’, von Wright intends to give a more or less comprehensive account of the different uses of the term ‘good’.


The Varieties of Goodness

The Varieties of Goodness
Routledge and Kegan Paul