Instrumental values – strong and weak

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 5 (1):23 - 43 (2002)
Abstract
What does it mean that an object has instrumental value? While some writers seem to think it means that the object bears a value, and that instrumental value accordingly is a kind of value, other writers seem to think that the object is not a value bearer but is only what is conducive to something of value. Contrary to what is the general view among philosophers of value, I argue that if instrumental value is a kind of value, then it is a kind of extrinsic final value.
Keywords auxiliary value  extrinsic value  final value  instrumentality  intrinsic value  Korsgaard  Kagan  trope  usefulness  value bearer
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