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Explaining Value: and Other Essays in Moral Philosophy

Gilbert Harman


Considers the following questions: What accounts for the existence of basic moral disagreements? Why do most people think it is worse to injure someone than to fail to save them from injury? Where does the right of self‐defence come from? Why do many people think it is morally permissible to treat animals in ways we would not treat people? Why are some people moral relativists and others not? What is it to value something and what is it to value something intrinsically? How are a person's values (noun) related to what the person values (verb)? How much of morality can or should be explained in ... More

Keywords: animals, bargaining, character, desire, ethics, flourishing, Gilbert Harman, justice, moral development, moral disagreement, moral relativism, morality, relativism, value, values, virtue ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198238041
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198238045.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gilbert Harman, author
Professor of Philosophy
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