Making Comparisons Count

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 187 pages
This book attempts to answer two questions: Are alternatives for choice ever incomparable? and In what ways can items be compared? The arguments offered suggest that alternatives for choice no matter how different are never incomparable, and that the ways in which items can be compared are richer and more varied than commonly supposed.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments xijj
1
The Structure of Values and Comparisons of Bearers
10
The Normativity of Comparisons
41
Alternatives to Optimizing
48
Comparisons and Justifying Force
55
Brute Desires
61
Is There Incomparability?
71
The Incomparability of Values
78
Anderson
108
The Possibility of Parity
121
Abstract Version
127
Parity
141
Vagueness Incomparability and Parity
155
Multiple Rankings and Parity
168
Bibliography
177
Index
185

The Lack of a Common Value
84
Against Constitutive Incomparability
95

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Ruth Chang is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University.

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