Value, Reality, and Desire

Value, Reality, and Desire

4.2 (5 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 11-16 business days.

Not ordering to the United States? Click here.


Value, Reality, and Desire is an extended argument for a robust realism about value. The robust realist affirms the following distinctive theses. There are genuine claims about value which are true or false - there are facts about value. These value-facts are mind-independent - they are not reducible to desires or other mental states, or indeed to any non-mental facts of a non-evaluative kind. And these genuine, mind-independent, irreducible value-facts
are causally efficacious. Values, quite literally, affect us.
These are not particularly fashionable theses, and taken as a whole they go somewhat against the grain of quite a lot of recent work in the metaphysics of value. Further, against the received view, Oddie argues that we can have knowledge of values by experiential acquaintance, that there are experiences of value which can be both veridical and appropriately responsive to the values themselves. Finally, these value-experiences are not the products of some exotic and implausible faculty of
'intuition'. Rather, they are perfectly mundane and familiar mental states - namely, desires. This view explains how values can be 'intrinsically motivating', without falling foul of the widely accepted 'queerness' objection. There are, of course, other objections to each of the realist's claims. In
showing how and why these objections fail, Oddie introduces a wealth of interesting and original insights about issues of wider interest - including the nature of properties, reduction, supervenience, and causation. The result is a novel and interesting account which illuminates what would otherwise be deeply puzzling features of value and desire and the connections between them.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 268 pages
  • 145 x 223 x 21mm | 455g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • line figures
  • 0199273413
  • 9780199273416

Table of contents

1. Reality and value ; 2. Judgement and desire ; 3. Desire as value data ; 4. Value as refined desire ; 5. Value beyond desire ; 6. Irreducible value ; 7. Value as cause ; 8. Value, judgement, desire: bridging the gaps
show more

Review quote

Oddie provides an impressive technical defense of value realism. Oddie's property an important addition to work on value realism. * Vaughn Huckfeldt, Journal of Value Inquiry * Oddie gives you something worth thinking about on almost every page, and I am envious of his ability to put complex ideas with crystal clarity...For anyone who wants to think rigorously but creatively about the metaphysics and epistemology that moral realism needs to be plausible, this book is essential reading. * Timothy Chappell, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews * a masterful book. The writing is clear and crisp and vivid ... the book has that rare quality of abounding with new ideas worth hearing * Christoph Fehige, Times Literary Supplement *
show more

Rating details

5 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
5 60% (3)
4 20% (1)
3 0% (0)
2 20% (1)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X