Review Of "Value, Welfare, And Morality" Edited By R. G. Frey And C. W. Morris

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This outstanding anthology consists of 14 essays that address questions concerning the nature of value and how values relate to preferences, obligation, and objectivity. The diverse contributions involve disputes of special concern to and between Humeans and utilitarians. Briefly, the Humeans seen reason as instrumental, welfare as well-being, and well-being as preference satisfaction; the utilitarians--close allies of Humeans--nevertheless entertain the possibility of well-being as independent of preferences, maximizing, and agent neutral. Because of these, and related, differences, each takes a different approach in linking questions of good to those of right conduct. None of the essays has appeared previously. The distinguished contributors include Simon Blackburn, Warren Quinn, John Broome, L. W. Sumner, Arthur Ripstein, David Copp, Gilbert Harman, James Griffin, David Gauthier, Eric Mack, Jonathan Dancy, David Brink, and Larry Temkin. Although an anthology of this kind lacks systematicness and assumes that one is familiar with the general issues, these essays are not only fresh, but both extend and deepen the views of the contributors. Highly recommended for graduate students and faculty.


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