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The Practice of Value$
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Joseph Raz and R. Jay Wallace

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278466

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278466.001.0001

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The Conditions of Value

The Conditions of Value

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This chapter provides insight about the role that actual ethical life plays in the possibility of value. Careful classification of the social dependence thesis is brought about for an argument and the chapter considers the politically and socially conservative position of the author on this matter. The chapter then cites ‘Future of an Illusion’ by Sigmund Freud as a typical example of a non-evaluative account and discusses confusing points of view as exemplified on interpretative issues. In conclusion, the chapter states that social roles are made by the people actively doing them and are not just dispositions, and argues in favor of breaking free from misleading ideas on social practices and instead reflecting on more valuable concepts.

Keywords:   social relativism, Sigmund Freud, normativity, pluralism, values, morality, freedom, social roles

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