Objective Value

Hugh Rice

in God and Goodness

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250289
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598302 | DOI:
 Objective Value

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Hume thought that people's ‘beliefs’ about morality were really just feelings. I argue that people have genuine beliefs about good and bad, right and wrong. I consider arguments against the existence of objective value based on its alleged epistemological and metaphysical oddity, and the existence of disagreements. I argue that these moves can be countered, and, in particular, that for the most part such arguments would tell equally against the existence of objectively good reasons for belief.

Keywords: bad; good; Hume; moral belief; morality; objective value; right; wrong

Chapter.  8450 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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