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THE DESIRE RELATIVITY OF VALUE

Ingmar Persson

in The Retreat of Reason

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276905
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603198 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199276900.003.0011
 							THE DESIRE RELATIVITY OF VALUE

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This chapter supplies a subjectivist definition of intrinsic value in terms of what satisfies intrinsic desires in a specified sense, and of derivative value by reference to intrinsic value. Other subjectivist accounts proposed by Peter Railton, Henry Sidgwick, and Michael Smith, which appeal to better informed desires, are critically examined. According to subjectivism, all value is value for some subject, but a narrower sense of value for personal value is defined in terms of what satisfies self-regarding desires.

Keywords: intrinsic desire; intrinsic value; personal value; Peter Railton; self-regarding desire; Henry Sidgwick; Michael Smith; subjectivism; value

Chapter.  9031 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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