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Personal Value

Toni Rønnow-Rasmussen

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603787
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729294 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603787.001.0001
Personal Value

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Certain things, like justice, have impersonal value, other things carry personal values: they have value for some person rather than have value, period. The philosophical literature as well as non-philosophical literature is inundated with suggestions about the kinds of thing that are good for us or, if it is a negative personal value, what is bad for us. This is a stimulating and vivid area of philosophical research, but it has tended to monopolize the notion of ‘good-for’, linking it necessarily to welfare or well-being. Since these more or less well-grounded pieces of advice are seldom accompanied by an analysis of the notion of ‘good-for’, there is a need for such an analysis. This book aims to remedy this need, by offering a novel way of analyzing the notion of personal value. It defends the idea that we have reason to expand our classical value taxonomy with these personal values. By fine-tuning a pattern of value analysis which has roots in the writings of the Austrian philosopher Franz Brentano, this sort of analysis will come to cover personal values, too. In addition the book makes contributions to a number of issues, including hedonism vs. preferentialism, subjectivism vs. objectivism, value bearer monism vs. value bearer pluralism, and the wrong kind of reason problem — all of which are much debated among today's value theorists.

Keywords: justice; impersonal value; good-for; personal value; value analysis; classical value taxonomy; reason problem

Book.  208 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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Types of Value in Personal Value

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For Someone's Sake in Personal Value

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