The Philosophy of Value

The Philosophy of Value

The Philosophy of Value

The Philosophy of Value

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When Dewitt Henry Parker died in 1949 he left behind a manuscript on the philosophy of value. It was not complete, and even the chapters which were written had not all been put into final form. It seemed to me, however, that it constituted a sufficiently rounded work to make a book and that it was important enough to deserve publication. It appears here with some editing on my part, but, with the exceptions noted below, essentially in the shape in which it was found.

Parker here expounds his last thinking on the subject of value and morality. He is not simply restating the content of his earlier work, Human Values. That book was mainly concerned with a study of the central values of life, such as health, knowledge, and love, and relatively little with more theoretical questions about the nature of value and of value-judgments. In this book, the discussion of human values in the earlier work is summarized in a few pages, and theoretical questions are dealt with at length, although with many concrete illustrations and in terms which any educated reader can understand. Moreover, Parker's point of view is somewhat different in this book. He still identifies value (intrinsic) with the satisfaction of desire, but . . .

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