Posts Tagged metaphysics of value

A Critique of Jonathan Dancy’s “Moral Reasons” (Against Dancy’s Particularism)

As noted in a previous entry, I recently acquired a copy of Dancy’s Moral Reasons, the most systematic contemporary account of moral particularism on offer, due to a concern that particularism might be being dismissed unfairly. Dancy is a brilliant philosopher, and his work is a joy to read, as he makes compelling and excitingly […]

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Tsarnaev (and capital punishment, the morality of the death penalty, and equivocation)

The Justice Department has announced that it will seek the death penalty against the surviving Boston bomber, 20 year old, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Now seems a good time to consider the arguments for whether the death penalty is a just punishment. I recognize, of course, that the Justice Department might be pursuing the death penalty in […]

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End Value (and intrinsic and extrinsic value)

It is a commonplace of philosophy that the different sorts of value that we ascribe to goods and states of affairs are of two kinds, end value and instrumental value. It has been the prevailing consensus that intrinsic and extrinsic value are interchangeable with these respective terms, or that intrinsic value supervenes on end value, […]

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