Metaphysics and Ethics: Reopening the Question of the Ontology of the Good

Authors

  • Stephen L. Brock Facoltà di Filosofia, Pontificia Università della Santa Croce

Keywords:

Thomas Aquinas, Ethics, Good, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Metaphysics, Naturalism, Ontology

Abstract

Since Hume there has been broad consensus that if the notion of the good has any intelligible foundation, it is not “ontological”, in the natures of things. Today however this view is being challenged. After a sketch of the positions of Kant and Hume, and a glance at some of the recent challenges, the paper examines a key element in Thomas Aquinas’s ontology of the good : the notion of final causality. For Thomas final causality presupposes formal and efficient causality. Hume’s denial of the intelligibility of the good, it is suggested, presupposes his denial of that of these other causes.

Published

01-03-2010

How to Cite

Brock, Stephen L. “Metaphysics and Ethics: Reopening the Question of the Ontology of the Good”. Acta Philosophica 19, no. 1 (March 1, 2010): 37–58. Accessed July 24, 2024. https://www.actaphilosophica.it/article/view/3927.

Issue

Section

Studies

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