CAN INSTRUMENTAL VALUE BE INTRINSIC?
Article first published online: 23 MAY 2012
© 2012 The Author. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly © 2012 University of Southern California and Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 93, Issue 2, pages 137–157, June 2012
How to Cite
DORSEY, D. (2012), CAN INSTRUMENTAL VALUE BE INTRINSIC?. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 93: 137–157. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2012.01426.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 23 MAY 2012
In this article, I critique a common claim that instrumental value is a form of extrinsic value. Instead, I offer an alternative dispositional analysis of instrumental value, which holds that instrumental value can, in certain circumstances, be an example of intrinsic value. It follows, then, that a popular account of the nature of final value – or value as an end – is false: the Moorean identification of final value with intrinsic value cannot properly distinguish between value as an end and value as a means.