A Digest of Purposive Values

A Digest of Purposive Values

A Digest of Purposive Values

A Digest of Purposive Values

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As the title indicates, there is a bigger thing of which this is a digest. But the bigger thing is still incomplete and bids fair to be several years yet in the making, and may turn out to be quite different in the end from what it looks like now. Usually, I know, a digest is supposed to follow the appearance of the thing digested. But there are two good reasons for reversing the sequence this time. One is the desire for a tangible statement of my present views on value to help me in teaching--in short, a text to act as a springboard for class discussion. The other is a desire to draw out, now, as much criticism as possible on what I seem to have found out about values, so that when, or if, I bring out the longer study, it will have the benefit of such criticism.

The two men on whose previous work the present analysis leans most heavily are R. B. Perry and E. C. Tolman. The differences between their analyses and mine are numerous and wide. But without these writers' descriptions of certain types of purposive behavior it would have been difficult for me to know how to get a purchase on the value problem. At the same time, I have sought to do justice to views about value very different from theirs, and I should wish that there may be no important empirical writer on the subject whose views have not had some influence on my conclusions.

STEPHEN C. PEPPER

Berkeley, 1947 . . .

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