Reason and Value - Cambridge Studies in Philosophy (Paperback)E.J. Bond (author), Ernest Sosa (series editor), Jonathan Dancy (series editor), John Haldane (series editor), Gilbert Harman (series editor), Frank Jackson (series editor), William G. Lycan (series editor), Sydney Shoemaker (series editor), Judith Jarvis Thomson (series editor)
Paperback 180 Pages / Published: 17/02/1983
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The relations between reason, motivation and value present problems which, though ancient, remain intractable. If values are objective and rational how can they move us and if they are dependent on our contingent desires how can they be rational? E. J. Bond makes a bold attack on this dilemma. The widespread view among philosophers today is that judgements contain an irreducible element of personal commitment. To this Professor Bond proposes an account of values as objective and value judgements as true or false, employing a distinction between grounding and motivating reasons to establish their connection with action. He defines and tests his position against a number of recent theories, providing in the process forceful criticism of Williams, Wiggins, Foot, Narveson and Nagel, among others. A distinctive contribution to the subject, it will stimulate interest and worthwhile debate among philosophers, while also serving as an introduction to this vital topic.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 180
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 11 mm
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