Thomas Nagel

in Mind and Cosmos

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199919758
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980369 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the role and existence of value in the lives of humans. It first explores the problem of the place of value in the natural world, which includes the problems of the place of consciousness and of cognition. It emphasizes that the existence of value and a person's response to it depends on cognition and consciousness, and then explains the concept of the reality of value. It considers the dispute between subjectivism and realism, and discusses the implications for the natural order of different conceptions of value. This chapter also studies a hypothesis of value realism and the historical and constitutive aspect of the problem of value and natural order.

Keywords: value; consciousness; cognition; existence of value; response; reality of value; subjectivism; natural order; conceptions of value; value realism

Chapter.  9653 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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