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Highest Good
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Any understanding of “good” and “goods” is determined by an understanding of the highest good.

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The so-called “good” is that which, as the perfection of the present, is experienced as attractive and thus as something to strive for (cf. Arist. Eth. Nic. 1094 a3, 1172b; Thomas Aquinas, In Metaphysicam Aristotelis commentaria, 1926, Liber IV, n. 317). Every present-action context defines the good in three configurations: (a) as a determination of the present-action context that has become world-immanent (the realized bonum); (b) as stil…

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Herms, Eilert, “Highest Good”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_09946>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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