Conservatisms about the Valuable

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Sometimes it seems that an existing bearer of value should be preserved even though it could be destroyed and replaced with something of equal or greater value. How can this conservative intuition be explained and justified? This paper distinguishes three answers, which I call existential, attitudinal, and object-affecting conservatism. I raise some problems for existential and attitudinal conservatism, and suggest how they can be solved by object-affecting conservatism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-194
Number of pages15
JournalAustralasian Journal of Philosophy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy


  • G.A. Cohen
  • conservatism
  • noninstrumental value
  • personal value
  • replacement
  • valuing


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