The Language of Value

The Language of Value

The Language of Value

The Language of Value

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Those familiar with the book Value: A Cooperative Inquiry will recognize that the present volume follows the same general plan of organization: a short Introduction; Part I, consisting of constructive essays on issues formulated in preliminary study; and Part II, composed of critical discussion of the essays. Further comparison will disclose, however, that the present essays do not seek to answer one common set of questions, as did those of the earlier book, but rather, that each essay considers a different aspect or group of aspects of a common subject matter: The Language of Value.

The unity of Part I (Essays) of the present volume is consequently a unity such as results when an individual or group of individuals views an extremely complex object from different standpoints and can carefully examine or consider, at any one time, only one or a few of the many aspects or facets of the total object. Taken together, the Essays afford a broad survey and panoramic view of the semantic or linguistic aspects of value theory and open some new lines of study in this area. Part II (Coments and Responses) effects a more organic unity of the volume. Here the Essays are examined, individually and en masse, from viewpoints held by various contributors and in relation to certain general perspectives. The Comments and Responses are particularly fruitful in suggesting issues which invite further discussion and research.

The following, though not direct contributors to the present volume, have assisted by comments and suggestions, especially in the preliminary phases of the study: H. D. Aiken, V. C. Aldrich, G. M. Boas, M. W. Boyer, C. E. Bures, R. G. Chisholm, I. M. Copi, C. J. Ducasse, H. O. Eaton, A. Edel, F. B. Fitch, J. S. Fulton, L. Garvin, D. W. Gotshalk, L. E. Hahn, B. E. Jessup, A. Kaplan, P. C. Kuntz, S. K. Langer, H. S. Leonard, A. I Melden, A. E. Murphy, R. B. Perry, P. B. Rice, D. Rynin, H. C. Schrickel, W. S. Sellars, V. Tomas, G. Vlastos, M. G. White, D. C. Williams, and G. Williams. Though their assistance is gratefully acknowledged, these persons are in no way responsible for any defects or deficiencies of the present volume. Many members of . . .

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