The importance of the subject in objective morality: Distinguishing objective from intrinsic value

Social Philosophy and Policy 25 (1):126-148 (2008)
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This essay contends that the debate between subjectivism and objectivism in ethics is better understood as a dispute among three alternatives: subjectivism, objectivism, and intrinsicism. Ayn Rand has identified intrinsicism in, by, and of as the doctrine that is actually operative in many defenses of moral objectivity. What intrinsicism fails to appreciate, however, is the significant role of the subject, the person to whom and for whom anything can be valuable
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