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Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will$
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David Hodgson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199845309

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845309.001.0001

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Value Judgments

Value Judgments

(p.180) 10 Value Judgments
Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will

David Hodgson

Oxford University Press

In Chapter 10, I advance my support for ideas of retribution by developing the idea that we can justly be praised or blamed (and even punished) for what we do, considering whether there can be any truth in value judgments – because if there is not, how could it be truly just to praise or blame anyone for anything? I argue that value judgments about what is right, good and beautiful are not merely matters of human evolution and culture, and I consider the place of community practices and laws in moral judgment. I also consider whether we have the capacity to make reasonable judgments about these matters.

Keywords:   natural imperatives, right actions, disagreement, utilitarianism, good, beautiful, community practices, legal systems

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