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The place of subjectivity : on the metaethics of prudential value


Halbig, Christoph (2020). The place of subjectivity : on the metaethics of prudential value. Grazer Philosophische Studien, 97(3):353-373.

Abstract

The modern debate on the theory of prudential values is largely structured around the issue of how to accommodate the role of subjectivity: a prudentially good life (unlike, say, a morally good life) seems to be necessarily a life that is good for the person living it. The present article aims at clarifying this crucial role of subjectivity in the ontology of prudential values. It tries to show that this role, rightly understood, can be fully and satisfactorily accounted for by a strong realism in the theory of prudential value. Subjectivist intuitions that prove incompatible with such a realist framework, it is argued, can be convincingly rejected on independent grounds.

Abstract

The modern debate on the theory of prudential values is largely structured around the issue of how to accommodate the role of subjectivity: a prudentially good life (unlike, say, a morally good life) seems to be necessarily a life that is good for the person living it. The present article aims at clarifying this crucial role of subjectivity in the ontology of prudential values. It tries to show that this role, rightly understood, can be fully and satisfactorily accounted for by a strong realism in the theory of prudential value. Subjectivist intuitions that prove incompatible with such a realist framework, it is argued, can be convincingly rejected on independent grounds.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords:prudential value; subjectivism; objectivism; problem of alienation
Language:English
Date:20 August 2020
Deposited On:08 Sep 2020 15:23
Last Modified:08 Sep 2020 15:27
Publisher:Brill
ISSN:0165-9227
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/18756735-000104
Official URL:https://brill.com/view/journals/gps/97/3/article-p353_353.xml

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