Instrumental value – strong and weak

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What does it mean that an object has instrumental value? While some writers seem to think it means that the object bears a value, and that instrumental value accordingly is a kind of value, other writers seem to think that the object is not a value bearer but is only what is conducive to something of value. Contrary to what is the general view among philosophers of value, I argue that if instrumental value is a kind of value, then it is a kind of extrinsic final value.


Research areas and keywords

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  • Philosophy


  • trope, Kagan, extrinsic value, Auxiliary value, final value, instrumentality, Korsgaard, intrinsic value, usefulness, value bearer
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-43
JournalEthical Theory and Moral Practice
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Publication categoryResearch