Philosophy 144 - 8.2 Basic Questions about Values

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Relate extrinsic values to intrinsic values.
  • Distinguish between monism and pluralism in value theory.
  • Explain the concept of incommensurability in value theory.
  • Compare and contrast moral pluralism and moral relativism.

People spend much of their time trying to accomplish goals that they deem as “good.” But what do people mean when they say something is “good”? What does it mean to value something? Can conflicting values be resolved? This section will explore different answers to these questions and, in doing so, help you understand the meaning of value.

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The content of this course has been taken from the free Philosophy textbook by Openstax