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Explaining 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/10.1093/0198238045.003.0012
 Explaining Value

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Discusses ways in which people's moral values might be explained, starting with Hume's account of our different attitudes toward chastity in men and in women, Hume's somewhat utilitarian explanation of moral sentiments in general, various theories of moral development, explanations of aspects of morality in terms of natural selection, Posner's explanation of aspects of morality in terms of wealth maximization, explanations that appeal to principles like Double Effect, and sociological and historical explanations of aspects of morality.

Keywords: chastity; David Hume; explaining values; moral development; moral sentiments; natural selection; wealth maximization

Chapter.  8766 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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