WHAT IS GOOD AND WHAT IS RIGHT James F. Keenan
I.  Roots of the Distinction <ul><li>Goodness – describes a person acting out  love </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Asks whether the...
<ul><li>Rightness – describes the behavior that promotes the value in the world </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-asks whether certai...
II.  Locus of the Distinction <ul><li>Rightness </li></ul><ul><li>Choice  </li></ul><ul><li>Intention </li></ul><ul><li>Ha...
III.  The New Distinction and Church Teaching <ul><li>Contemporary notion of goodness is dynamic </li></ul><ul><li>3 descr...
<ul><li>Question of order (which comes first?) </li></ul><ul><li>The question of goodness precedes the question of rightne...
<ul><li>Goodness  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We ask whether a person moves himself or herself to find the right  </li></ul></ul...
<ul><li>The question is not  </li></ul><ul><li>“what I have done wrong”,  </li></ul><ul><li>rather it is,  </li></ul><ul><...
APPLICATION QUESTIONS <ul><li>When you do the wrong thing, is it always necessarily bad? </li></ul><ul><li>When something ...
<ul><li>When you do the wrong thing, is it always bad? </li></ul><ul><li>When something is bad, is it always wrong? </li><...
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  1. 1. WHAT IS GOOD AND WHAT IS RIGHT James F. Keenan
  2. 2. I. Roots of the Distinction <ul><li>Goodness – describes a person acting out love </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Asks whether the person strives to answer the call of Jesus to love God and neighbor </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Rightness – describes the behavior that promotes the value in the world </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-asks whether certain actions makes the world a better place to live in </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. II. Locus of the Distinction <ul><li>Rightness </li></ul><ul><li>Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Intention </li></ul><ul><li>Has a specific answer </li></ul><ul><li>Goodness </li></ul><ul><li> Moral motivation </li></ul><ul><li>What moved the person to do the act </li></ul>
  5. 5. III. The New Distinction and Church Teaching <ul><li>Contemporary notion of goodness is dynamic </li></ul><ul><li>3 descriptions of the agent acting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choice describes the actual action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intention gives the reasons for that action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moral motivation gives the description of the fundamental stance out of which an agent moves himself or herself </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Question of order (which comes first?) </li></ul><ul><li>The question of goodness precedes the question of rightness </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Goodness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We ask whether a person moves himself or herself to find the right </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rightness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We ask whether one has actually found the right </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>The question is not </li></ul><ul><li>“what I have done wrong”, </li></ul><ul><li>rather it is, </li></ul><ul><li>“AM I STRIVING TO BECOME A BETTER PERSON TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?” </li></ul>
  9. 9. APPLICATION QUESTIONS <ul><li>When you do the wrong thing, is it always necessarily bad? </li></ul><ul><li>When something is bad, is it always necessarily wrong? </li></ul><ul><li>When you do the right thing, is it always necessarily good? </li></ul><ul><li>When you do good, is it always necessarily right? </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>When you do the wrong thing, is it always bad? </li></ul><ul><li>When something is bad, is it always wrong? </li></ul><ul><li>When you do the right thing, is it always good? </li></ul>

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