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VALUE BEYOND 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/10.1093/0199273413.003.0005
 						VALUE BEYOND DESIRE

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This chapter examines what happens when certain pathologies of desire are systematically refined. The results suggest that there is a desire-independent value residue, one to which the pure idealist cannot appeal, but one which it seems necessary to invoke if desire-refinement is to converge on the good. That there is a value residue at the level of higher-order desires is pretty well undeniable. At the end of the chapter, the question is raised as to whether there is a value residue at the first-order level as well.

Keywords: value residue; idealism; refinement; egoism; altruism; infatuation; partiality; hatred; perversity

Chapter.  11035 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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