Values and Valuing: Speculations on the Ethical Life of Persons

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byGraham Nerlich

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Nerlich argues that normal human animals are naturally endowed with certain attributes for being persons, speakers of an articulate language living in a culture. Language and cultural life require self-appraisal, and hence an evolution, through self-conflict, of desires into values. Thusvaluing is seen as a natural process for persons, one which underlies the morals of duty and obligation. Valuing will be good only if it results in values which are authentic to the individual`s nature and to the surrounding culture, and which are objective.

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Valuing is a natural process for persons. It underlies the morals of duty and obligation, which can be understood only after valuing is explained. This is the central moral claim of the book. Normal human animals are naturally endowed with certain attributes for being persons, speakers of an articulate language living in a culture.

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Nerlich argues that normal human animals are naturally endowed with certain attributes for being persons, speakers of an articulate language living in a culture. Language and cultural life require self-appraisal, and hence an evolution, through self-conflict, of desires into values. Thusvaluing is seen as a natural process for persons...

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Valuing is a natural process for persons. It underlies the morals of duty and obligation, which can be understood only after valuing is explained. This is the central moral claim of the book. Normal human animals are naturally endowed with certain attributes for being persons, speakers of an articulate language living in a culture.

Graham Nerlich is at University of Adelaide.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:226 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Valuing is a natural process for persons. It underlies the morals of duty and obligation, which can be understood only after valuing is explained. This is the central moral claim of the book. Normal human animals are naturally endowed with certain attributes for being persons, speakers of an articulate language living in a culture.

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'what he has done is to open up new areas for profitable discussion ... the book is stylishly written, opens up new debates, and makes an important contribution to moral philosophy'R.S. Downie, University of Glasgow, Philosophical Quarterly, 10/91