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Summary Brentano is widely regarded as the first, or at least among the first, to propose a fitting-attitude account of value. According to his account, an object or state of affairs is good just in case it is correct to love it (but Brentano's notion of love is very wide). Brentano's work on this strongly impressed G.E. Moore, but was brought to prominence again mostly by Chisholm, as well as some of his students. More recently, Brentano's contributions have been discussed in the context of various issues surrounding buck-passing accounts of value. A related topic of scholarship is the influence of Brentano on economic thought, both Austrian and Keynesian. Note well: although this category focuses mostly on ethical value, it also covers works by and on Brentano on aesthetic value.
Key works Brentano's central work in this area is Brentano 1889/1969. Essays and lecture notes of relevance were posthumously collected in Brentano 1973. His work directly influenced the ethical work of Meinong and Ehrenfels, whose Meinong 1894 and von Ehrenfels 1897 are unfortunately unavailable in English (but see Marek 2009 and Smith 1986). The earliest prominent English-language discussion of Brentano's ethical work is Moore 1903. The revival of Brentano in modern metaethics is largely due to a single work: Chisholm 1986. A number of Chisholm students developed the view further - see especially Lemos 1994 and Zimmerman 2001. Work on Brentano's aesthetics is quite limited, mostly because his essays and notes on the subject, collected posthumously in Brentano 1959, remain untranslated. Still, useful expository work on Brentano's aesthetics is provided by Pasquerella 1993 (another Chisholm student). For the connection between the ethics and the aesthetics, see Baumgartner & Pasquerella 2004. For Brentano's influence on Austrian economics, see Smith 1994, and for his influence on Keynes, see Baldwin 2006.
Introductions Brentano 1889/1969 is sufficiently lucid to serve as its own introduction, but no other work parallels Chisholm 1986. A shorter good introduction is Simons 2013.
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    The Origin of Our Knowledge of Right and Wrong, by Franz Brentano. [REVIEW]A. G. Pleydell-Pearce - 1971 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 2 (3):96-98.
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    Brentano et le réalisme moral.Gemmo Iocco - 2018 - Bulletin D’Analyse Phénoménologique 14 (3):1-19.
    Dans ses écrits sur l’éthique, Brentano affirme que les propriétés morales — comme « bon » — sont l’objet d’une représentation intuitive non sensible dont le contenu est de nature « mentale ». Si la nature mentale de ces contenus en garantit le caractère d’évidence, elle en complexifie aussi l’élucidation ontologique et épistémologique, qui doit tenir compte de la classification brentanienne des actes psychiques. C’est justement cette complexité constitutive qui a fait de la théorie éthique de Brentano un passage obligé (...)
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    Normativité et intentionnalité : pour un pluralisme normatif.Marie-Hélène Desmeules - 2018 - Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique 14 (2):1-33.
    Brentano et Husserl reconnurent tous deux que certaines de nos intentionnalités posent des enjeux normatifs. Seulement, Brentano croyait que les intentionnalités ne peuvent être qualifiées normativement que si elles sont incompatibles avec une autre façon opposée de se rapporter intentionnellement à un même objet. Husserl insista pour sa part sur le fait qu’il n’y a des enjeux normatifs que là où il y a une relation intentionnelle et positionnelle. Malgré cette distinction, en imposant ces conditions (incompatibilité et position) pour qu’il (...)
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    Franz Brentano e il cognitivismo emotivo.Gemmo Iocco - 2018 - Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia e Psicologia 9 (1):45-56.
    Riassunto: Il presente studio intende mostrare la natura specifica del cognitivismo emotivo proposto da Franz Brentano. In maniera più o meno evidente, la teoria del valore delineata da Brentano ha ricoperto un ruolo di primaria importanza nel dibattito assiologico-etico di fine Ottocento e inizio Novecento ed è ampiamente discussa anche all’interno del dibattito contemporaneo. Nel contributo vengono richiamati gli aspetti generali di tale teoria soffermandosi sulla nozione di “rappresentazione intuitiva” intesa come modalità che permette di conoscere ciò che giusto e (...)
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    Exceptions in Nonderivative Value.Garrett Cullity - forthcoming - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
    According to most substantive axiological theories – theories telling us which things are good and bad – pleasure is nonderivatively good. This seems to imply that it is always good, even when directed towards a bad object, such as another person’s suffering. This implication is accepted by the Mainstream View about misdirected pleasures: it holds that when someone takes pleasure in another person’s suffering, his being pleased is good, although his being pleased by suffering is bad. This view gains some (...)
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    De Brentano à Thémistius, et retour. Éléments pour une «esthétique» aristotélicienne.Alain Petit - 2016 - Revue Philosophique De Louvain 114 (3):407-420.
    L’article revient, à la lumière de Brentano, sur l’«esthétique» d’Aristote. Si Aristote a insisté sur la manière dont la perception suppose la donation d’un perceptible existant à l’extérieur, il semble qu’il est aussi fait droit à ce qu’aurait de spécifique le percept, en tant qu’il constituerait un objet perçu interne à l’âme. Il faut dès lors revenir sur la passivité que constituerait la sensation, et insister sur l’activité perceptive de l’âme en tant qu’elle vise, déjà dans la sensation, un objet (...)
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    Brentano's Philosophical System: Mind, Being, Value.Uriah Kriegel - 2018 - Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    Uriah Kriegel presents a rich exploration of the philosophy of the great nineteenth-century thinker Franz Brentano. He locates Brentano at the crossroads where the Anglo-American and continental European philosophical traditions diverged. At the centre of this account of Brentano's philosophy is the connection between mind and reality. Kriegel aims to develop Brentano's central ideas where they are overly programmatic or do not take into account philosophical developments that have taken place since Brentano's death a century ago; and to offer a (...)
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    An Image of a Higher World: Ethical Renewal in Franz Brentano and Edmund Husserl.Michael Gubser - 2011 - Santalka: Filosofija, Komunikacija 17 (3):39-49.
    Although interpreters have long recognized Franz Brentano’s powerful impact on his students, the career-long persistence of his hold on Edmund Husserl is still underestimated. Conventional narratives of Husserl’s development describe his mentor’s pervasive early impact followed by a sharp break from the master’s philosophy. My essay challenges this account by arguing that Husserl’s shift toward transcendental phenomenology within the domain of ethics marked a reappraisal – even a reinvigoration – of Brentanian premises, rather than an attempt to discard them.
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    The Pleasant and the Beautiful.G. Katkov - 1939 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 40 (1):177-206.
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    Grundlegung Und Aufbau der Ethik Nach den Vorlesungen Über "Praktische Philosophie" Aus Dem Nachlass.Franz Clemens Brentano - 1952 - A. Francke.
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    Die Werttheorien. Geschichte und Kritik. [REVIEW]Reviewer Unknown - 1938 - Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale 45 (2):6-7.
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    Wert, Norm Und Recht.Oskar Kraus - 1937 - Travaux du IXe Congrès International de Philosophie 12:16-21.
    En 1901, l’auteur a démontré que la notion de la valeur économique est basée sur celle de la préférence et de l’avantage. Partant des résultats acquis par Franz Brentano dans l’analyse des notions d’avantage et de valeur, l’auteur démontre que tes notions d’utilité et de devoir se ramènent à cette même base. Il s’ensuit une démonstration du rapport des obligations juridiques et des normes de droit positif, avec l’idée du devoir moral. L’auteur s’efforce de réaliser la synthèse du subjectivisme de (...)
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    Vom Ursprung Sittlicher Erkenntnis Nebst Kleineren Abhandlungen Zur Ethischen Erkenntnistheorie Und Lebensweisheit.Franz Clemens Brentano - 1921 - F. Meiner.
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    Zur Theorie des Wertes.Oskar Kraus - 1901 - Max Niemeyer.
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    The Status of Morality.Thomas L. Carson - 1984 - Dordrecht: Reidel.
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    Marty and Brentano.Laurent Cesalli & Kevin Mulligan - 2017 - In Uriah Kriegel (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Franz Brentano and the Brentano School. London and New York: Routledge. pp. 251-263.
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    „Inseln des Unglücks“: Über Das Schlechte in der Summation des Guten Aristoteles-Brentano-Katkov.Klaus Hedwig - 2003 - Studia Phaenomenologica 3 (1/2):99-114.
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    R. Chisholm, Brentano and Intrinsic Value. [REVIEW][author unknown] - 1989 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 51 (2):350-351.
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    R. Chisholm, Brentano and Intrinsic Value. [REVIEW]Guillermo Hurtado - 1988 - Critica 20 (58):122-129.
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    The Development of Franz Brentano’s Ethics. [REVIEW]W. Stark - 1986 - International Studies in Philosophy 18 (1):99-100.
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    Linda McAlister, "The Development of Franz Brentano's Ethics". [REVIEW]Elizabeth Hughes Schneewind - 1985 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 23 (1):119.
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    "The Development of Franz Brentano's Ethics" by Linda Lopez McAlister. [REVIEW]Susan Lufkin Krantz - 1984 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 45 (2):287.
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    F. Brentano's "Grundzuege der Aesthetik". [REVIEW]Anne L. Michaelis - 1961 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 22 (1):129-130.
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    The Origin of the Knowledge of Right and Wrong, by Franz Brentano. [REVIEW]G. E. Moore - 1903 - Ethics 14:115.
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    La verità trionfa: Da T. G. Masaryk a Jan Patočka.Barry Smith - 1991 - Discipline Filosofiche 2:207–227.
    Thomas Garrigue Masaryk, later founder and President of the Republic of Czechoslovakia, studied philosophy in the University of Vienna from 1872 to 1876, where he came under the powerful influence of Franz Brentano. We survey the role of Brentano’s philosophy, and especially of his ethics, in Masaryk’s life and work.
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    Two Kinds of Ethical Intuitionism: Brentano’s and Reid's.Olson Jonas - 2017 - The Monist 100 (1):106-119.
    This paper explores Franz Brentano’s metaethics by comparing it to Thomas Reid’s. Brentano and Reid share a commitment to moral realism and they are both aptly classified as intuitionists concerning moral knowledge and the nature of moral judgment. However, their respective versions of intuitionism are importantly different, in ways that reflect more general differences between their respective epistemological views. Sections III and IV of the paper focus more exclusively on Brentano’s metaethics and some of its unorthodox features. These features tie (...)
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    Brentano on Emotion and the Will.Michelle Montague - 2017 - In U. Kriegel (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Franz Brentano and the Brentano School. London and New York: Routledge. pp. 110-123.
    Franz Brentano’s theory of emotion is tightly bound up with many of his other central claims, in such a way that one has to work out how it relates to these other claims if one is to understand its distinctive character. There are two main axes of investigation. The first results from the fact that Brentano introduces his theory of emotion as part of his overall theory of mind, which consists of a number of closely interconnected theses concerning the nature (...)
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    Der Zweck in der Philosophie des Franz Suarez.A. W. Centner - 1937 - New Scholasticism 11 (1):84-85.
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    Correct and Incorrect Emotions. Love and Hate in Brentano's Moral Psychology.Boccaccini Federico - unknown
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    Fitting Attitude Analyses of Value and the Partiality Challenge.Jonas Olson - 2009 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 12 (4):365-378.
    According to ‘Fitting Attitude’ (FA) analyses of value, for an object to be valuable is for that object to have properties—other than its being valuable—that make it a fitting object of certain responses. In short, if an object is positively valuable it is fitting to favour it; if an object is negatively valuable it is fitting to disfavour it. There are several variants of FA analyses. Some hold that for an object to be valuable is for it to be such (...)
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    Intrinsic Value: Concept and Warrant.Noah M. Lemos - 1994 - Cambridge University Press.
    This book addresses some basic questions about intrinsic value: What is it? What has it? What justifies our beliefs about it? In the first six chapters the author defends the existence of a plurality of intrinsic goods, the thesis of organic unities, the view that some goods are 'higher' than others, and the view that intrinsic value can be explicated in terms of 'fitting' emotional attitudes. The final three chapters explore the justification of our beliefs about intrinsic value, including coherence (...)
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    Das Gesetz, die Anklage und Ks Prozess.Robert Welsh Jordan - 1980 - In Jahrbuch der deutschen Schillergesellschaft. Alfred Kröner Verlag. pp. 332-356.
    DESCRIPTION—An essay showing Kafka's The Trial to be written as illustration of an important theory of natural that remains quite unknown all but a very few critics and commentators. CONTENTS 1. The charge against Joseph K. Ignorance of the natural sanction of law and custom a. Brentano's conception of natural law b. Natural law and human need in the Protagoras 2. Correct choice: Brentano's ethical theory a. The empirical origin of the concepts "good" and "better": analogous derivation of "true" b. (...)
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    Brentano and Intrinsic Value. [REVIEW]James C. Klagge & Roderick M. Chisholm - 1989 - Philosophical Review 98 (3):390.
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    La genialidad.David Torrijos-Castrillejo & Franz Brentano - 1892/2016 - Encuentro.
    En este opúsculo dedicado a la estética, Brentano parte de sus puntos de vista sobre antropología y teoría del conocimiento para investigar el elemento distintivo de un ser humano genial. Aquello que convierte una obra de arte en una obra maestra, la genialidad, ¿está originado por una fuerza sobrehumana, una «inspiración», o bien es un rasgo de la psique del artista? Franz C. Brentano. 'La genialidad'. Introducción, traducción y notas de David Torrijos-Castrillejo. Serie opuscula philosophica 61. Madrid, Encuentro, 2016, ISBN: (...)
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    The New Realism in Ethics.Christian Piller - 2003 - In Thomas Baldwin (ed.), The Cambridge History of Philosophy 1870-1945. pp. 377-388.
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    Schriften Zur Ethik Und Ästhetik.Franz Brentano - 2010 - Ontos.
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    Inseln des Unglücks“. Über das Schlechte in der Summation des Guten – Aristoteles-Brentano-Katkov.Klaus Hedwig - 2003 - Studia Phaenomenologica 3 (1):99-112.
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    Review Of: Untersuchungen Zur Werttheorie Und Theodizee. [REVIEW]Gerhart Saenger - 1938 - Journal of Philosophy 35 (10):274-276.
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    Untersuchungen zur Werttheorie und Theodizee.Georg Katkov - 1937 - Rohrer.
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    Die Werttheorien, Geschichte Und Kritik. [REVIEW]Oskar Kraus - 1938 - Journal of Philosophy 35 (4):106-107.
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    Die Werttheorien, Geschichte Und Kritik.Oskar Kraus - 1937 - Rudolf Rohrer.
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    Brentano's Metaethics.Jonas Olson - forthcoming - In U. Kriegel (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Brentano and the Brentano School. Routledge.
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    Marty and Brentano.Laurent Cesalli & Kevin Mulligan - 2017 - In U. Kriegel (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Brentano and the Brentano School. Routledge.
    The Swiss philosopher Anton Marty (Schwyz, 1847 - Prague, 1914) belongs, with Carl Stumpf, to the first circle of Brentano’s pupils. Within Brentano’s school (and, to some extent, in the secondary literature), Marty has often been considered (in particular by Meinong) a kind of would-be epigone of his master (Fisette & Fréchette 2007: 61-2). There is no doubt that Brentano’s doctrine often provides Marty with his philosophical starting points. But Marty often arrives at original conclusions which are diametrically opposed to (...)
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    Brentano on Beauty and Aesthetics.Wolfgang Huemer - 2017 - In Uriah Kriegel (ed.), Routledge Companion to Brentano and the Brentano School. London & New York: Routledge.
    In his entire oeuvre Brentano defended a scientific conception of philosophy and advocated the adoption of a rigorous, scientific method. Given this background it might come as a surprise that in his reflections on aesthetics he firmly rejected the classic definition of aesthetics as the science of beauty. This must not be read as an expression of disinterest in – or a dismissal of – aesthetics, though. It is rather an expression of Brentano's view concerning the position of aesthetics in (...)
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    Naturalistic Explanations of Apodictic Moral Claims: Brentano’s Ethical Intuitionism and Nietzsche’s Naturalism.Imtiaz Moosa - 2007 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 10 (2):159-182.
    In this article (1) I extract from Brentano’s works (three) formal arguments against “genealogical explanations” of ethical claims. Such explanation can also be designated as “naturalism” (not his appellation); (2) I counter these arguments, by showing how genealogical explanations of even apodictic moral claims are logically possible (albeit only if certain unlikely, stringent conditions are met); (3) I show how Nietzsche’s ethics meets these stringent conditions, but evolutionary ethics does not. My more general thesis is that naturalism and intuitionism in (...)
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    Can Evidence be a Sanction in Ethics?Felix Weltsch - 1955 - Iyyun 6 (1):1-7.
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    Fragen Und Einwände an Die Adresse der Anhänger von Franz Brentanos Ethik.Christian von Ehrenfels - 1988 - In Christian von Ehrenfels & Reinhard Fabian (eds.), Psychologie. Ethik. Erkenntnistheorie. Philosophische Schriften. Band 3. Philosophia. pp. 206–219.
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    Zur Klassifikation der Künste.Franz Brentano - 1926 - Hochschulwissen 3 (2):57-62.
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    Zur Eherechtlichen Frage in Österreich.Franz Brentano - 1896 - J. Guttentag.
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    Conoscenza e moralità in Franz Brentano, « Vita e Pensiero ». [REVIEW]Adriano Bausola - 1971 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 161:230-231.
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