(redirected from Good evening)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Wikipedia.


Economics a commodity or service that satisfies a human need



in ethics and philosophy, that which includes definite positive meaning. In philosophy the question of good was posed in attempts to explain the meaning of existence and human life and was treated as the problem of the greatest good (summum bonum in Latin, a term introduced by Aristotle); this greatest good determined the relative value of all other goods. The Greek philosophers viewed the greatest good as happiness— “eudaemonia” —the exact meaning of which was defined in various ways by representatives of different schools. For example, the Cyrenaics and Epicurus defined it as pleasure, the Cynics as abstention from passion, and Aristotle and the Stoics as virtue (in the sense of the supremacy of the higher and more rational forms of nature over the lower). Plato considered “the good” to be “the one” which is the basis of all existence. Aristotle distinguished three kinds of good: corporeal (health, strength), external (wealth, honor, glory), and spiritual (intelligence, moral virtue). In the Middle Ages, scholasticism attempted to rework the ideas of the ancient philosophers in terms of the principles of Christian theism. The result was the identification of the greatest good with god, the source of all good and the ultimate goal of human aspiration.

New European philosophy emphasized the role of the subject in determining any sort of good. T. Hobbes and B. Spinoza said that the good is that for which man is striving, that which he needs. Another development which was characteristic of new European ethics was the utilitarian interpretation of good, which reduces it to the idea of usefulness. Kant distinguished the supreme good from the absolute good. The former is good will and moral virtue; and latter requires that virtue be combined with happiness. Thereafter the concept of the good gradually lost its significance and, from the middle of the 19th century was replaced by the concept of value.

In the narrower and specifically ethical sense of the word, the concept of good is opposite to that of evil.


Material goods Economists consider material goods from two different points of view: in terms of their usefulness (their capacity for satisfying a particular human need) and in terms of how much man has contributed to their production. Accordingly, there are two kinds of value—use value and exchange value. Material goods are usually considered to include consumer goods (services as well as wares) which satisfy a great variety of human needs.


References in periodicals archive ?
Good Morning and Good Evening represent Beech-Nut's commitment to innovation and nutrition in baby food, and to stimulating the category through providing choices for parents," says Christoph Rudolf, President and CEO of Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation.
He joined BBC Wales in 1998 as a researcher for Radio Wales news, and was soon producing the station's flagship news shows Good Morning Wales and Good Evening Wales.
ON September 18, 1957, Arthur Montford was introduced to Scottish TV viewers with the words "Hello, good evening and welcome to Scotsport".
Coroner David Dooley said: "Mr Gibney and his friend obviously had a good evening out that night.
One of the organisers, Inderpal Singh Randhawa, said: "It was fantastic, a very good evening and everybody had very good fun and enjoyment.
Here was the interviewer given the chance to grill every famous person in the world, yet the only half-dozen words we can remember from all those much-trumpeted encounters were the following: "Hello, good evening and welcome.
Part whodunit, part personal crusade, part a celebration of stage performance, the play is a crackling good evening.
MY daughter and I enjoyed a very good evening at the Speke Youth Showcase at Parklands Theatre,Speke.