The normative and the evaluative : The buck-passing account of value

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Rowland, Richard. (2019). The normative and the evaluative : The buck-passing account of value Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198833611.001.0001
AuthorsRowland, Richard
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Many have been attracted to the idea that for something to be good there just have to be reasons to favour it. This view has come to be known as the buck-passing account of value. According to this account, for pleasure to be good there need to be reasons for us to desire and pursue it. Likewise for liberty and equality to be values there have to be reasons for us to promote and preserve them. Extensive discussion has focussed on some of the problems that the buck-passing account faces, such as the 'wrong kind of reason' problem. This text provides the first comprehensive motivation and defence of the buck-passing account of value. Richard Rowland argues that the buck-passing account explains several important features of the relationship between reasons and value, as well as the relationship between the different varieties of value, in a way that its competitors do not.

Keywordsreasons; value; goodness; buck-passing; fittingness; morality; normativity; wrong kind of reason problem
ISBN9780198833611
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198833611.001.0001
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PublisherOxford University Press
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