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Axiological Investigations
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy.
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The subject of this thesis is formal axiology, i.e., the discipline that deals with structural and conceptual questions about value. The main focus is on intrinsic or final value. The thesis consists of an introduction and six free-standing essays. The purpose of the introduction is to give a general background to the discussions in the essays. The introduction is divided into five sections. Section 1 outlines the subject matter and sketches the methodological framework. Section 2 discusses the supervenience of value, and how my use of that notion squares with the broader methodological framework. Section 3 defends the concept of intrinsic or final value. Section 4 discusses issues in value typology; particularly how intrinsic value relates to final value. Section 5 summarises the essays and provides some specific backgrounds to their respective themes.

The six essays are thematically divided into four categories: The first two deal with specific issues concerning analyses of value. Essay 1 is a comparative discussion of competing approaches in this area. Essay 2 discusses, and proposes a solution to, a significant problem for the so called ‘buck-passing’ analysis of value. Essay 3 discusses the ontological nature of the bearers of final value, and defends the view that they are particularised properties, or tropes. Essay 4 defends conditionalism about final value, i.e., the idea that final value may vary according to context. The last two essays focus on some implications of the formal axiological discussion for normative theory: Essay 5 discusses the charge that the buck-passing analysis prematurely resolves the debate between consequentialism and deontology; essay 6 suggests that conditionalism makes possible a reconciliation between consequentialism and moral particularism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2005. , p. 73
Series
Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Arts, ISSN 1102-2043 ; 4
Keywords [en]
Practical philosophy, axiology, buck-passing, conditionalism, final value, G.E. Moore, intrinsic goodness, intrinsicalism, supervenience, tropes
Keywords [sv]
Praktisk filosofi
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-5751ISBN: 91-554-6223-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-5751DiVA, id: diva2:166255
Public defence
2005-05-19, Sal IV, Universitetshuset, Uppsala, 10:00
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Supervisors
Available from: 2005-04-27 Created: 2005-04-27Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. G.E. Moore on Goodness and Reasons
Open this publication in new window or tab >>G.E. Moore on Goodness and Reasons
2004 In: Patterns of Value: Essays on Formal Axiology and Value Analysis, 2004, p. 190-200Chapter in book (Other academic) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-92926 (URN)
Available from: 2005-04-27 Created: 2005-04-27Bibliographically approved
2. Buck-Passing and the Wrong Kind of Reasons
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Buck-Passing and the Wrong Kind of Reasons
2004 In: The Philosophical Quarterly, ISSN 0031-8094, Vol. 54, no 215, p. 295-300Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-92927 (URN)
Available from: 2005-04-27 Created: 2005-04-27Bibliographically approved
3. Revisiting the Tropic of Value: Reply to Rabinowicz & Rønnow-Rasmussen
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Revisiting the Tropic of Value: Reply to Rabinowicz & Rønnow-Rasmussen
2003 In: Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, ISSN 003-8205, Vol. 67, no 2, p. 412-22Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-92928 (URN)
Available from: 2005-04-27 Created: 2005-04-27Bibliographically approved
4. Intrinsicalism and Conditionalism about Final Value
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Intrinsicalism and Conditionalism about Final Value
2004 In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, ISSN 1386-2820, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 31-52Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-92929 (URN)
Available from: 2005-04-27 Created: 2005-04-27Bibliographically approved
5. Buck-Passing and the Consequentialism/Deontology Distinction
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Buck-Passing and the Consequentialism/Deontology Distinction
Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-92930 (URN)
Available from: 2005-04-27 Created: 2005-04-27Bibliographically approved
6. A Particular Consequentialism: Why Moral Particularism and Consequentialism Need Not Conflict
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Particular Consequentialism: Why Moral Particularism and Consequentialism Need Not Conflict
2003 In: Utilitas, ISSN 0953-8208, Vol. 15, no 2, p. 194-205Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-92931 (URN)
Available from: 2005-04-27 Created: 2005-04-27Bibliographically approved

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