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Whether Goodness is Rightly Divided into the Virtuous, the Useful and the Pleasant?

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Lastly, St. Thomas provides a division of goodness in its relation to the intellectual agent. For, goodness is beings relation to the appetite.


Now, the appetite can be related to a certain good in three ways. First, it may desire it relatively, i.e., as a certain proximate means, as a man desires a certain medication. This is called the "useful."


Second, it may desire it absolutely, i.e., as the end itself which it desires, as a man desires health through his medication. This is called the virtuous.

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