Examining the Analysis

Toni Rønnow-Rasmussen

in Personal Value

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603787
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729294 | DOI:
Examining the Analysis

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Chapter 6 discusses a range of issues which this work's analysis of personal value accentuates. Besides considering some foreseeable objections to the analysis of for‐someone's sake attitudes, the possibility that more than one sense is associated with the expression ‘good for’ is discussed. Special attention is given to the relation between good‐for and welfare. A second issue concerns the extent to which the analysis permits us to identify intrinsic personal values. Chapter 6 also asks to what extent personal values become ‘private’ values once they are understood in terms of agent‐relative reasons. Finally, it examines a more complex matter. This is the question whether universalizability undermines the analysis. Understanding value in terms of attitudes that take non‐fungible persons as their object, cannot seemingly meet the requirement of universalizability. However, although it certainly is true that an analysis of impersonal values has to meet this requirement, it need not be true about personal values.

Keywords: non‐fungible person; person identity; welfare; thin value; thick value; universalizability

Chapter.  10420 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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