Problems of Evaluative Consensus

Nicholas Rescher

in Pluralism

Published in print September 1995 | ISBN: 9780198236016
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679162 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Problems of Evaluative Consensus

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This chapter discusses the problems related to the notion of evaluative consensus. It argues against the belief that normative matters are rooted in consensus and that value and virtue are ultimately conventional. It explains that the unachievability of evaluative consensus need not and should not be an obstacle to constructive communal coexistence in a well-ordered society. It suggests that communal concert and cooperation, in spite of its members' disagreement on evaluative matters and their different evaluative orientations, are characteristic hallmarks of a well-oriented society.

Keywords: evaluative consensus; value; virtue; disagreement; communal coexistence; philosophy

Chapter.  3413 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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