On John Laird’s “Value and Obligation”

Ethics 125 (1):235-237, (2014)

Amir Saemi
Institute For Research In Fundamental Sciences (IPM)
Unjustly forgotten, Laird’s “value and obligation”, I shall argue, is of great relevance to contemporary moral philosophy. To this aim, I will explore three main theses of Laird’s paper which are as follows: (T1) We can’t understand judgments of value and obligation in terms of mere feelings and desires. (T2) Desire must be guided by cognition of some value. (T3) Judgments of rightness and obligation must be grounded in judgments of value.
Keywords Laird  Value  Obligation
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