Philosophical Studies

, Volume 157, Issue 2, pp 267–285

Intrinsic value and the supervenience principle


DOI: 10.1007/s11098-010-9636-7

Cite this article as:
Dorsey, D. Philos Stud (2012) 157: 267. doi:10.1007/s11098-010-9636-7


An important constraint on the nature of intrinsic value---the “Supervenience Principle” (SP)---holds that some object, event, or state of affairs ϕ is intrinsically valuable only if the value of ϕ supervenes entirely on ϕ's intrinsic properties. In this paper, I argue that SP should be rejected. SP is inordinately restrictive. In particular, I argue that no SP-respecting conception of intrinsic value can accept the importance of psychological resonance, or the positive endorsement of persons, in explaining value.


Intrinsic value Internalism Resonance Well-being Moore 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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