The Oxford Handbook of Value Theory

Hardcover | April 21, 2015

EditorIwao Hirose, Jonas Olson

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Value theory, or axiology, looks at what things are good or bad, how good or bad they are, and, most fundamentally, what it is for a thing to be good or bad. Questions about value and about what is valuable are important to moral philosophers, since most moral theories hold that we ought topromote the good (even if this is not the only thing we ought to do). This Handbook focuses on value theory as it pertains to ethics, broadly construed, and provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary debates pertaining not only to philosophy but also to other disciplines-most notably,political theory and economics.The Handbook's twenty-two newly commissioned chapters are divided into three parts. Part I: Foundations concerns fundamental and interrelated issues about the nature of value and distinctions between kinds of value. Part II: Structure concerns formal properties of value that bear on thepossibilities of measuring and comparing value. Part III: Extensions, finally, considers specific topics, ranging from health to freedom, where questions of value figure prominently.

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Value theory, or axiology, looks at what things are good or bad, how good or bad they are, and, most fundamentally, what it is for a thing to be good or bad. Questions about value and about what is valuable are important to moral philosophers, since most moral theories hold that we ought topromote the good (even if this is not the only...

Iwao Hirose is Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department and the School of Environment, McGill University. He is the author of Moral Aggregation (OUP, 2014), Egalitarianism (2014), and The Ethics of Health Care Rationing (with Greg Bognar, 2014). He is also editor of Weighing and Reasoning (with Andrew Reisner, forthcoming from...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:456 pages, 9.8 × 6.69 × 1.61 inPublished:April 21, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsIwao Hirose and Jonas Olson: Introduction to Value TheoryPart I: Foundations1. Michael J. Zimmerman: Value and Normativity2. Toni Ronnow-Rasmussen: Intrinsic and Extrinsic Value3. Jonas Olson: Doubts about Intrinsic Value4. Graham Oddie: Value and Desires5. Christine Tappolet: Value and Emotions6. Garrett Cullity: Neutral and Relative Value7. Krister Bykvist: Value and Time8. Chris Heathwood: Monism and Pluralism about Value9. Valerie Tiberius: Prudential Value10. Ralf M. Bader: Kantian Axiology and the Dualism of Practical ReasonPart II: Structure11. Ruth Chang: Value Incomparability and Incommensurability12. Gustaf Arrhenius and Wlodek Rabinowicz: Value Superiority13. John Broome: General and Personal Good: Harsanyi's Contribution to the Theory of Value14. Nils Holtug: Theories of Value Aggregation: Utilitarianism, Egalitarianism , Prioritarianism15. Erik Carlson: Organic Unities16. Iwao Hirose: Skepticism about Value AggregationPart III: Extensions17. Matthew D. Adler: Value and Cost-Benefit Analysis18. Daniel Hausman: The Value of Health19. Prasanta Pattanaik and Yongsheng Xu: Freedom and Its Value20. David Schmidtz: Value in Nature21. M. A. Roberts: Population Axiology22. Gustaf Arrhnius and Wlodek Rabinowicz: The Value of ExistenceIndex