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VALUE AS REFINED DESIRE

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/10.1093/0199273413.003.0004
 						VALUE AS REFINED DESIRE

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This chapter develops a promising reduction of value to desire. The guiding principle is not the simple idea that the valuable is what we happen to desire in fact (that is, perhaps, a value analogue of Berkeleian idealism), but the more sophisticated and plausible idea that the valuable is what we would desire were we to refine our actual desires into a completely coherent set (a value analogue of phenomenalism). It is shown that the map of value which this refinement account delivers is surprisingly close to the realist's map over large stretches of the terrain — much closer than realists would have believed possible, or their antirealist rivals could have reasonably hoped for.

Keywords: idealism; valuable; realist; antirealist; Berkeleian idealism; phenomenalism

Chapter.  9179 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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