Single Idea 18650

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. The Good / 1. Goodness / c. Right and good]

Full Idea

Teleological theories take concern for the good (e.g. freedom or utility) as fundamental, and concern for people as derivative.

Gist of Idea

Teleological theories give the good priority over concern for people


Will Kymlicka (Contemporary Political Philosophy (1st edn) [1990], 2.4.a.ii)

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy (1st edn)' [OUP 1992], p.135

A Reaction

There's a nice fundamental question with which to begin a discussion of value: which matters most - abstract values, or individual people? Placing a collective of people first (Stalinism?) seems to fall between them.