Chapter

Desert Taken as a Whole

Shelly Kagan

in The Geometry of Desert

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199895595
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980093 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895595.003.0012
Desert Taken as a Whole

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This chapter analyzes the nature of desert when taken as a whole. It studies partial values, which help determine value from the standpoint of desert as a whole, and states that desert as a whole considers both noncomparative and comparative desert. The next section addresses some open questions related to partial values. It then looks at the rough comparability of two partial values and explains how various worlds compare, taking into consideration not only desert, but also other values relevant to assessing their goodness. This chapter concludes that an appropriate theory of desert cannot be achieved by considering the various choices individually; rather, these elements need to be examined and assessed as a whole in order to provide a better understanding of the nature of desert taken as a whole.

Keywords: nature of desert; partial values; desert as a whole; open questions; rough comparability; theory of desert

Chapter.  16579 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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