What Is Good?


The idea of good has a long history and a wide variety of definitions. In the original sense, it means something of value or something that fulfills a desire. Philosophers have refined the concept in a number of ways. They have identified God as the Supreme Good or the Absolute Perfection, and they have discussed the common good, as something that drives human activity. Another view defines good as the object of desire or appetition.

According to the Greek philosopher Plato, good is the action man should take, which is beneficial to him. In other words, good is what he desires and what is pleasant for him. Good is also a virtue of the soul, which is acquired through knowledge about what is useful and what is unproductive. Furthermore, good is knowledge of what is right and what is wrong, as well as a temperate person.

Moral good is the goodness of a man as a whole. It consists in his relationship to his ultimate end. This relationship involves his total being, his habitual dispositions, and his acts. When he has received sanctifying grace, the whole man is related to the ultimate end. However, an adult does not necessarily have a radical orientation to his ultimate end. An adult must be able to act in a manner that enables him to attain his end.

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