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Gwen Bradford

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198714026

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714026.001.0001

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The Relative Value of Achievement

The Relative Value of Achievement

(p.132) 5 The Relative Value of Achievement

Gwen Bradford

Oxford University Press

What makes one achievement more valuable than another? This chapter explores how the value of achievements can vary by appealing to the perfectionist theory of value developed in the previous chapter, as well as other value theoretic resources. Perhaps surprisingly, achievements that are more difficult are more valuable than achievements that are less difficult, other things being equal. Perhaps unsurprisingly, achievements can also vary in value if they have additional value in their process, or have additional value in their products. An achievement that results in a product of great positive value will have more value than one that doesn’t. The possibility of evil achievements and their value is also explored.

Keywords:   achievement, difficulty, effort, will, rationality, perfectionism, organic unity, pleasure, evil, value

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