Changes in Values over Time

Dennis McKerlie

in Justice Between the Young and the Old

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199769131
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979615 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Ethics Series

Changes in Values over Time

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This chapter discusses a new question about prudential thinking. When we make a decision that will importantly affect our lives in the future, we may realize that our current goals and values are significantly different from the goals and values that we will hold at the future time when the decision will impact our lives. How should we decide what to do? Should we decide on the strength of our present values or instead use our predicted future values; or should we give weight to both sets of values? This is a puzzle for prudential rationality, one thought to involve deep issues concerning the significance of time for rationality and the importance of the distinction between past, present, and future. The chapter suggests a response to the puzzle.

Keywords: prudential thinking; rationality; values; goals

Chapter.  9082 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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