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Value, Reality, and Desire

Graham Oddie


This book presents an extended argument for a robust realism about value. The robust realist affirms the following distinctive theses. There are genuine claims about value which are true or false — there are facts about value. These value-facts are mind-independent — they are not reducible to desires or other mental states, or indeed to any non-mental facts of a non-evaluative kind. And these genuine, mind-independent, irreducible value-facts are causally efficacious. Values, quite literally, affect us. These are not particularly fashionable theses, and taken as a whole they go somewhat agains ... More

Keywords: value, experiental acquaintance, intuition, desires, realist, reduction, supervenience, causation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199273416
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199273413.001.0001


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Graham Oddie, author
Department of Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder
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