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Good, The
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1. Definition and Terminology

The good (Gk. agathon, Lat. bonum) is that which contributes to the perfection of something or constitutes it. Distinction is made between the absolute good and the relative good. The former involves the actualizing of every innate possibility of perfection (Gk. entelecheia, Lat. bonum honestum). The latter, along the lines of utility (bonum utile) or satisfaction (bonum delectabile), contributes to the fulfillment o…

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Nikolaus, Wolfgang, “Good, The”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 07 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_G171>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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