Value Theory

Mere Goodness collects three sequences of blog posts on human value: “Fake Preferences” (on failed attempts at theories of value), “Value Theory” [this sequence] (on obstacles to developing a new theory, and some intuitively desirable features of such a theory), and “Quantified Humanism” (on the tricky question of how we should apply such theories to our ordinary moral intuitions and decision-making).

  1. Where Recursive Justification Hits Bottom
  2. My Kind of Reflection
  3. No Universally Compelling Arguments
  4. Created Already in Motion
  5. Sorting Pebbles into Correct Heaps
  6. 2-Place and 1-Place Words
  7. What Would You Do Without Morality?
  8. Changing Your Metaethics
  9. Could Anything Be Right?
  10. Morality as Fixed Computation
  11. Magical Categories
  12. The True Prisoner’s Dilemma
  13. Sympathetic Minds
  14. High Challenge
  15. Serious Stories
  16. Value is Fragile
  17. The Gift We Give to Tomorrow

The Design Space of Minds-in-General



Where Recursive Justification Hits Bottom