The Varieties of Value

Anthony Quinton

in Of Men and Manners

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694556
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731938 | DOI:
The Varieties of Value

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This chapter considers whether some explanation can be found for the asymmetry in philosophical investigation of theory and practice. It first goes on to illustrate it by looking at some strange views philosophers have been led to adopt. It then distinguishes non-moral values, together with the motives that inspire action directed towards them, and enquires whether there are significant differences between them and how they are related to each other. It is argued that their neglectful amalgamation has bad consequences for the philosophical understanding of morality.

Keywords: asymmetry; philosophical investigation; theory; practice; non-moral values; morality

Chapter.  8010 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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