Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 273–289

An Adamsian Theory of Intrinsic Value

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DOI: 10.1007/s10677-010-9244-9

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Hill, S. Ethic Theory Moral Prac (2011) 14: 273. doi:10.1007/s10677-010-9244-9
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Abstract

In this paper I develop a theological account of intrinsic value drawn from some passages in Robert Merrihew Adams’ book Finite and Infinite Goods. First I explain why Adams’ work on this topic is interesting, situate his theory within the broader literature on intrinsic value, and draw attention to some of its revisionist features. Next I state the theory, raise some problems for it, and refine it in light of those problems. Then I illustrate how the refined theory works by showing that it has the resources to deal with some seemingly formidable objections.

Keywords

Adams, R.M.Instrinsic valueGod

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MassachusettsAmherstUSA