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From Valuing to Value: Towards a Defense of Subjectivism

David Sobel


Is graduate school for me? Should I ask him to marry? What does it make sense to do when one’s self-interest and morality sharply conflict? This book articulates and defends one general answer to such questions: subjectivism. Subjectivism maintains that things have value because we value them. Caring about stuff makes stuff matter. In a world without anything that anyone or anything cared about, nothing would matter. Additionally, subjective accounts maintain that the most important values are relational. I care about how well and gracefully Federer is playing and you (most likely) don’t. Beca ... More

Keywords: subjectivism, practical reasons, rationality, reasons for action, well-being, welfare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712640
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712640.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Sobel, author
Syracuse University