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 B - Bad


Bad: What someone disapproves of, does not desire, does not like to exist.

See Good. In Chapter 11 of "On "The Logic of Moral Discourse"" there is a minimalistic realistic treatment of "good" and "bad".

There is a somewhat objectivized sense of bad apart from what someone disapproves of, namely in terms relating to human needs or pains: What hurts or harms. One important problem here is that these fairly objective terms in ordinary human practice - "homo homini lupus" - tend to get relativized to the interests of Us and Them: Good is what is Bad for Them or what pleases Us; Bad is what is Good for Them or what displeases Us.


See also: Ethics, Evil, "On "The Logic of Moral Discourse"", Good, Harm



 Original: Nov 15, 2004                                                Last edited:12 December 2011.   Top