Value, Reality, and Desire

Hardcover | April 4, 2005

byGraham Oddie

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Value, Reality, and Desire is an extended argument for a robust realism about value. The robust realist affirms the following distinctive theses. There are genuine claims about value which are true or false - there are facts about value. These value-facts are mind-independent - they are notreducible to desires or other mental states, or indeed to any non-mental facts of a non-evaluative kind. And these genuine, mind-independent, irreducible value-facts are causally efficacious. Values, quite literally, affect us. These are not particularly fashionable theses, and taken as a whole they go somewhat against the grain of quite a lot of recent work in the metaphysics of value. Further, against the received view, Oddie argues that we can have knowledge of values by experiential acquaintance, that there areexperiences of value which can be both veridical and appropriately responsive to the values themselves. Finally, these value-experiences are not the products of some exotic and implausible faculty of 'intuition'. Rather, they are perfectly mundane and familiar mental states - namely, desires. Thisview explains how values can be 'intrinsically motivating', without falling foul of the widely accepted 'queerness' objection. There are, of course, other objections to each of the realist's claims. In showing how and why these objections fail, Oddie introduces a wealth of interesting and originalinsights about issues of wider interest - including the nature of properties, reduction, supervenience, and causation. The result is a novel and interesting account which illuminates what would otherwise be deeply puzzling features of value and desire and the connections between them.

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Value, Reality, and Desire is an extended argument for a robust realism about value. The robust realist affirms the following distinctive theses. There are genuine claims about value which are true or false - there are facts about value. These value-facts are mind-independent - they are notreducible to desires or other mental states,...

Graham Oddie is in the Department of Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:268 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.81 inPublished:April 4, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199273413

ISBN - 13:9780199273416

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Table of Contents

1. Reality and value2. Judgement and desire3. Desire as value data4. Value as refined desire5. Value beyond desire6. Irreducible value7. Value as cause8. Value, judgement, desire: bridging the gaps

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`a welcome, ambitious and spirited defence of a 'robust realism about the good'.'Mind