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By Graham Oddie

Value, truth, and Desire is a longer argument for a strong realism approximately worth. The powerful realist affirms the next specified theses. There are actual claims approximately price that are real or false--there are evidence approximately price. those value-facts are mind-independent - they don't seem to be reducible to wants or different psychological states, or certainly to any non-mental evidence of a non-evaluative type. And those actual, mind-independent, irreducible value-facts are causally efficacious. Values, fairly actually, impact us.

These usually are not rather stylish theses, and brought as a complete they cross slightly opposed to the grain of a great deal of contemporary paintings within the metaphysics of price. additional, opposed to the obtained view, Oddie argues that we will be able to have wisdom of values by way of experiential acquaintance, that there are studies of worth that are either veridical and properly attentive to the values themselves. eventually, those value-experiences are usually not the goods of a few unique and fantastic college of "intuition." particularly, they're completely mundane and time-honored psychological states - specifically, wishes. This view explains how values may be "intrinsically motivating," with out falling foul of the commonly permitted "queerness" objection. There are, after all, different objections to every of the realist's claims. In displaying how and why those objections fail, Oddie introduces a wealth of fascinating and unique insights approximately problems with wider interest--including the character of homes, relief, supervenience, and causation. the result's a unique and fascinating account which illuminates what might rather be deeply complicated good points of price and hope and the connections among them.

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