Value Matters: Studies in Axiology (Practical Philosophy)

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For many years value theory has figured high on the agenda of my interests, a fact attested by Introduction to Value Theory published by Prentice Hall in 1969. This interest has continued in recent years inter alia, finding earlier expressions in the articles constituting chapters 2-4 of the present book. (See the footnotes for publication details.) The remaining six chapters are new, and combine to form overall a synoptic overview of fundamental issues in the theory of value.

1. BY THE STANDARDS OF THEIR DAY
2. ON THE IMPORT AND RATIONALE OF VALUE ATTRIBUTION
3. NOMIC HIERACHIES AND PROBLEMS OF RELATIVISM
4. IS REASONING ABOUT VALUES VICIOUSLY CIRCULAR?
5. RATIONAL ECONOMY AND THE EVOLUTIONARY IMPETUS
6. EVALUATION AND THE FALLACY OF RESPECT NEGLECT
7. CREDIT FOR MAKING A DISCOVERY
8. OPTIMALISM AND THE RATIONALITY OF THE REAL (ON THE PROSPECT OF AXIOLOGICAL EXPLANATION)
9. THE REVOLT AGAINST ABSOLUTES IN TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY

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Nicholas Rescher is distinguished university professor of philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of numerous philosophical works and holds eight honorary degrees from universities on three continents. He has served as a president of the American Philosophical Association, the American Metaphilosophical Society, and the American Catholic Philosophical Association. He was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Prize for Humanistic Scholarship in 1984, the Belgium Prix Mercier in 2005, the Aquinas Medal of the American Catholic Philosophical Association in 2007, and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2011.

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Nicholas Rescher, distinguished university professor of philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, is currently chairman of the Center for Philosophy of Science. He established himself as a systematic philosopher of the old style in a productive research career extending over six decades and is a prolific author of books in all areas of philosophy.

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