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Toward a Theory of Intrinsic Value

Gilbert Harman

in Explaining Value

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780198238041
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597626 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198238045.003.0006
 Toward a Theory of Intrinsic Value

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Concerned with what would or would not be a good or worthwhile or desirable states of affairs, as when one says, ‘It would be a good thing if P’. Some theorists have attempted to provide such a theory by providing a theory of intrinsic value. It is not clear whether a theory of intrinsic value can be developed along the lines of what has been the standard account. If one is to develop such a theory, one will need to introduce a notion of ‘basic intrinsic value’ in addition to the notion of ‘intrinsic value’. Several different theories of intrinsic value may account for the same judgements concerning desirability and it may be arbitrary to choose one such theory over another.

Keywords: basic intrinsic value; desirability; intrinsic value; moral judgement

Chapter.  5924 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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