The Conception of Value

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Clarendon Press, 1991 - Philosophy - 164 pages
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The works of Paul Grice collected in this volume present his metaphysical defense of value, and represent a modern attempt to provide a metaphysical foundation for value. Value judgments are viewed as objective; value is part of the world we live in, but nonetheless is constructed by us. We inherit, or seem to inherit, the Aristotelian world in which objects and creatures are characterized in terms of what they are supposed to do. We are thereby enabled to evaluate by reference to function and finality. The most striking part of Grice's position, however, is his contention that the legitimacy of such evaluations rests ultimately on an argument for absolute value.

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Contents

Introduction by Judith Baker
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The Carus Lectures on the Conception of Value
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Method in Philosophical Psychology From
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Copyright

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Paul Grice was a fellow and a tutor at St. John's College, Oxford University, from 1938 to 1967. He then taught philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, until his death. Approaching philosophy in the post-Wittgensteinian mode through the study of ordinary language, Grice has been esteemed by the Anglo-American community of philosophers as "a miniaturist who changed the way other people paint big canvases" (Times Literary Supplement). Most of Grice's books are collections of articles. They have been influential among professional philosophers, not only because they present important theories, but also because they "scintillate" (Hilary Putnam's word), stimulating other philosophers to pick up the themes. The number of articles focused on Gricean themes has increased with each passing year.

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