Single Idea 18666

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Value / 1. Nature of Value / a. Nature of value]

Full Idea

Examples of value-maker concepts are courageous, honest, cowardly, corrupt, elegant, tacky, melodious, insightful. Employing these concepts normally means both evaluating and describing the thing or person one way or another.

Gist of Idea

Value-maker concepts (such as courageous or elegant) simultaneously describe and evaluate


Francesco Orsi (Value Theory [2015], 1.2)

Book Reference

Orsi,Francesco: 'Value Theory' [Bloomsbury 2015], p.4

A Reaction

The point being that they tell you two things - that this thing has a particular value, and also why it has that value. Since I am flirting with the theory that all values must have 'value-makers' this is very interesting.

Related Idea

Idea 18667 The '-able' concepts (like enviable) say this thing deserves a particular response [Orsi]