Desert and Virtue

Desert and Virtue : A Theory of Intrinsic Value

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Desert and Virtue: A Theory of Intrinsic Value presents a comprehensive examination of desert and what makes people deserve things. Stephen Kershnar demonstrates how desert relates to virtue, good deeds, moral responsibility, and personal change and growth through the life process. He persuasively argues that desert is a function that relates well-being, intrinsic value, and a 'ground, ' which is defined as a person's character or act. Kershnar also explores whether his theory is consistent with the limited responsibility people have for who they are. Desert and Virtue's insightful analysis will be particularly useful for those interested in philosophy, religion, and other fields that touch on value theory
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  • Electronic book text | 168 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • 073913938X
  • 9780739139387

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This book exhibits all of the virtues of Stephen Kershnar's work in general: it is highly intelligent, philosophically sophisticated, and both penetrating and provocative. Kershnar offers an alternative to the 'standard' treatment of desert and his discussions of the various dimensions of the concept of desert are engaging, well-informed by relevant literature, and illuminating. "Desert and Virtue" is admirably concise and fun to read.--John Fischer, University of California, Riverside
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About Stephen Kershnar

Stephen Kershnar is professor of philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia.
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