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Single Idea 7624

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Value / 1. Nature of Value / b. Fact and value]

Full Idea

The use of the word 'inconsiderate' seems to me a very fine example of the way in which the fact/value distinction is hopelessly fuzzy in the real world and in the real language.

Gist of Idea

The word 'inconsiderate' nicely shows the blurring of facts and values


Hilary Putnam (Reason, Truth and History [1981])

Book Reference

Putnam,Hilary: 'Reason, Truth and History' [CUP 1998], p.139

A Reaction

Interesting, but not much of an argument. What would Nietzsche say? Was Agamemnon morally deficient because we might think him 'inconsiderate'?