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Master of Arts (MA)
St. Thomas Aquinas, among others, adopted the following metaethical thesis: ‘being’ and ‘good’ are the same in reference and differ only in conceptual content. In the first chapter of this work, I exposit and defend this thesis. In the second chapter, I apply the thesis to the case of substances and argue that the thesis provides a compelling account of what it is to be a good x, where x is a substance. In the third and final chapter, I consider how the thesis, if true, might structure normative ethical debates.
Stenberg, Joseph Lee, "Being and Goodness: A Medieval Metaethical Thesis" (2011). Philosophy Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 13.