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Andrew Youpa
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
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According to a widely accepted reading of the "Ethics," Spinoza subscribes to a desire-satisfaction theory of value. A desire-satisfaction theory says that what has value is the satisfaction of one’s desires and whatever leads to the satisfaction of one’s desires. In this paper I argue that this standard reading is incorrect, and I show that in Spinoza’s view the foundation of what is truly valuable is the perfection of a person’s essence, not the satisfaction of a person’s desires.
Keywords theory of value  good  desire-satisfaction  perfectionism
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DOI 10.1080/09608781003643535
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