Good and Evil; Commoner's Views.
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I don't mean to intrude in the discussion, but I think the Pseudo-Dionysius treatment of the evil ontologically (as you guys are discussing) is a tad enlightening.
Basically, he says that absolutely non-existing things are neither evil nor good because they are wholly nothing. And evil is not in being, because being is good. The Good is above-being and above non-being, but the evil is in neither. He says evil is non-being as in opposition to being (not merely non-being by a mere passive lacking of being, so to speak; much less the non-being as a way of saying that which is above being).

Quote:And I, by no means, speak in reference to the just and unjust man, and the temperate and intemperate man; but also, long before the difference between the just man and his opposite is made manifest externally, in the very soul itself the vices stand altogether apart from the virtues, and the passions rebel against the reason; and from this we must grant some evil contrary to the Good. For the Good is not contrary to Itself, but as the product from one Source and one Cause, It rejoices in fellowship and unity and friendship. Nor yet is the lesser good opposed to the greater, for neither is the less heat or cold opposed to the greater. The Evil then is in things existing, and is existing, and is opposed, and is in opposition to, the Good (…)

I think this pretty much solves the issue of lesser goods.

I don't know how popular this is in Christian tradition (though Pseudo-Dionysius was very influential), because I haven't read much on the issue besides this text and other introductory level treatments.

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Good and Evil; Commoner's Views. - by Oldavid - 04-04-2015, 03:47 AM
Re: Good and Evil; Commoner's Views. - by Melkite - 04-04-2015, 11:01 AM
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