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Philosophy Candidate: Dr. Aaron Abma: "Good-simpliciter and the human good"

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023 5pm

257 Columbia Avenue, Holland, MI 49423-3692

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Please join the Philosophy Department as we welcome Dr. Aaron Abma, a candidate for a position in the Philosophy Department. His lecture will be in Martha Miller 242 at 5pm on Wednesday, January 18 and is titled: Good-simpliciter and the human good.

Abstract: Theorizing about human wellbeing or the human good often begins by considering the various things that seem good for us.  I begin instead with the idea that some things are just plain good.  I believe that some things are "good-simpliciter" in the sense that they are worthy of love.  If that is right, what could this mean for our understanding of our own good?  In this talk, I propose an account of the human good according to which our highest good largely consists in (1) loving things that are good-simpliciter and (2) being loved by them.

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