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DESIRES AS VALUE DATA

GRAHAM ODDIE

in Value, Reality, and Desire

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199273416
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602658 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199273413.003.0003
 						DESIRES AS VALUE DATA

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This chapter argues for the experience conjecture and addresses some of the fairly obvious objections to it. The realist thinks that the world enjoys a certain independence from experience which the idealist denies. She thinks that our experiences do not, all by themselves, determine the shape of reality. The value realist, likewise, thinks that value enjoys a certain independence from our experiences of value — our desires, if the experience conjecture is correct. And the value idealist denies this. Something about value idealism has proved perennially attractive. There is something compelling about the idea that value is, at least in part, the product of our experiences of value. The value idealist thinks that this is the essence of the relationship between value and desire — that desires, taken collectively, fully determine the shape of value.

Keywords: experience conjecture; value idealist; belief; idealism; desire

Chapter.  14335 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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