© 2005

Recent Work on Intrinsic Value

  • Toni Rønnow-Rasmussen
  • Michael J. Zimmerman
  • The only available anthology that focuses exclusively on intrinsic value

  • Contains many of the most influential writings on intrinsic value to have appeared within the last 50 years

  • Provides comprehensive coverage of fundamental issues such as the analysis, ontology, logic, and computation of intrinsic value

  • Accessible introduction provides guidance in reading the contributions and extensive bibliography points the way to further reading


Part of the Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy book series (LOET, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. Identifying the Concept of Intrinsic Value

    1. R. M. Chisholm
      Pages 1-10
    2. E. Bodanszky, E. Conee
      Pages 11-13
    3. R. M. Chisholm
      Pages 15-16
    4. N. M. Lemos
      Pages 17-31
    5. J. Dancy
      Pages 33-44
  3. Doubts about the Concept of Intrinsic Value

    1. M. Beardsley
      Pages 61-75
    2. C. M. Korsgaard
      Pages 77-96
    3. S. Kagan
      Pages 97-114
    4. W. Rabinowicz, T. Rønnow-Rasmussen
      Pages 115-129
    5. J. J. Thomson
      Pages 131-152
    6. M. J. Zimmerman
      Pages 153-168
  4. Identifying the Concept of Intrinsic Value

    1. R. M. Chisholm
      Pages 171-179
    2. N. M. Lemos
      Pages 181-190
    3. M. J. Zimmerman
      Pages 191-205
    4. T. Tännsjö
      Pages 207-211
    5. W. Rabinowicz, T. Rønnow-Rasmussen
      Pages 213-226
  5. The Logic of Intrinsic Value

About this book


Recent Work on Intrinsic Value brings together for the first time many of the most important and influential writings on the topic of intrinsic value to have appeared in the last half-century. During this period, inquiry into the nature of intrinsic value has intensified to such an extent that at the moment it is one of the hottest topics in the field of theoretical ethics. The contributions to this volume have been selected in such a way that all of the fundamental questions concerning the nature of intrinsic value are treated in depth and from a variety of viewpoints. These questions include how to understand the concept of intrinsic value, what sorts of things can have intrinsic value, and how to compute intrinsic value. The editors have added an introduction that ties these questions together and places the contributions in context, and they have also provided an extensive bibliography. The result is a comprehensive, balanced, and detailed picture of current thinking about intrinsic value, one that provides an indispensable backdrop against which future writings on the topic may be assessed.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Toni Rønnow-Rasmussen
    • 1
  • Michael J. Zimmerman
    • 2
  1. 1.Lund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.University of North CarolinaGreensboroUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Recent Work on Intrinsic Value
  • Editors Toni Rønnow-Rasmussen
    Michael J. Zimmerman
  • Series Title Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-3845-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-6980-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-3846-4
  • Series ISSN 1387-6678
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XL, 428
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy, general
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


Reviewer 1: "Intrinsic value is a fundamentally important concept in ethics. The anthology contains a good deal of the best and most influential work on intrinsic value that has been done over the past 40 years. The pieces are sensibly organized, with later articles in a section responding specifically to earlier ones."

Reviewer 2: "This collection…offers a nice overview of recent developments in this field. The papers are grouped together in a coherent way. The introduction is extremely well written and gives an excellent summary of the articles included in the anthology and of how they are connected."

Reviewer 2: "Everybody who wants to teach on intrinsic value should use this work since it contains many major (recent) publications on the topic and the introduction is very accessible."