Volition and Valuation: A Phenomenology of Sensational, Emotional and Conceptual Values

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Volition and Valuation is a typology of valuations, and conflicts between values, using a phenomenological approach that treats the difference between cognitive-thinking and value-thinking as a difference in the mode of intentionality towards the objects. It also suggests a method for axiology to bracket the validity of the values described, acknowledge that the observation of phenomena of consciousness goes beyond empirical observation, and has a character of pure intuition or an intuition of essences which are ...

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Overview

Volition and Valuation is a typology of valuations, and conflicts between values, using a phenomenological approach that treats the difference between cognitive-thinking and value-thinking as a difference in the mode of intentionality towards the objects. It also suggests a method for axiology to bracket the validity of the values described, acknowledge that the observation of phenomena of consciousness goes beyond empirical observation, and has a character of pure intuition or an intuition of essences which are a source of metavaluative knowledge. Michael Strauss explores the origins and nature of values, focusing on the norms and rules of valuations, called valuative values. He argues that valuative values cannot be reduced to a single value-type, nor do they always arise from a sensation or feeling, but can be created, chosen, and established. Strauss also refutes the method for measuring values devised by Plato in his Protagoras dialogue, and suggests middle ground between relativism and absolutism and between subjectivism and objectivism.

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In this contribution to axiology, the author begins by presenting the basics of values and valuations, providing definitions and distinctions for major ideas. He then examines the division of values into major classes, such as ethical, esthetic, and logical, and deals with relations between values, their integration into systems, and the ultimate conflict between values and systems. The book concludes with a discussion of the objectivity or subjectivity of values, and the author presents several "clues" to determine how to develop the phenomenology of values. The Hebrew version of this book was published by the Haifa University Press and Zmora-Bitan Publishers in 1998. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761814290
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Strauss is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Haifa University.

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Table of Contents

chapter 1 Introduction chapter 2 Elementary Value Theory chapter 3 The Division of Values and their Typology chapter 4 The Relative Weight of Values and Conflicts between them chapter 5 Objectivism and Subjectivism chapter 6 Epilogue chapter 7 Glossary chapter 8 Notes chapter 9 Bibliography chapter 10 Index of Names chapter 11 Index of Subjects

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