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Reason and Value : Studies in Rationality and Social Change - E.J. Bond

Reason and Value

Studies in Rationality and Social Change

By: E.J. Bond, Ernest Sosa (Editor), Jonathan Dancy (Editor), John Haldane (Editor), Gilbert Harman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 18th April 1983
ISBN: 9780521270793
Number Of Pages: 180

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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.

Introduction - the problem
Desire and motivation
Motivating reasons and grounding reasons
Desire and the good
Objective value (part one)
Objective value (part two)
Hedonism
Good and evil
Meaning, value and practical judgements
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521270793
ISBN-10: 0521270790
Series: Studies in Rationality and Social Change
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 18th April 1983
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.24