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Goodwill

Goodwill is a central concept in Western morality, both in everyday practice and theoretical reflection. While the concept has multiple meanings, a common denominator of all meanings refers to a property internal to a human being. It is also always a quality that is “good” to have, both from a nonmoral (prudent) and a moral perspective. Possessing this quality leads to other qualities such as trustworthiness. It is considered to be of moral value. A person of goodwill deserves moral praise. The choice whether to develop a goodwill is typically not at the person’s own discretion (as one might expect if possessing a goodwill deserves praise). Not having a goodwill or refusing to be of goodwill is typically considered nonvirtuous at best and reprehensible at ...

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