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The Good and the True$
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Michael Morris

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239444

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239444.001.0001

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Truth and Virtue

Truth and Virtue

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(p.214) 11 Truth and Virtue
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The Good and the True
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Michael Morris

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239444.003.0012

This chapter aims to explain why there cannot be an evolutionary theory of content. It depends upon the idea that it is appropriate to give an evaluative theory of desire, just as it is to give an evaluative theory of belief. Orectic attitudes are play roles which are combined and contrasted with the role of belief in the explanation of behaviour. A general kind of value which truth belongs to is called alethic value. Holism of assessability states that no response can be assessable in terms of orectic values without being assessable in terms of alethic value. Also discussed here is the idea of what is morally assessable. The two crucial claims of this chapter are: we should adopt an evaluative theory of Orectic attitudes, and the thesis of the holism of assessability is true.

Keywords:   evolutionary theory of content, desire, belief, Orectic attitudes, alethic value, holism of assessability, morality

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