Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 273-289

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An Adamsian Theory of Intrinsic Value

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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.


Adams, R.M. Instrinsic value God