Value Grounded on Attitudes. Subjectivism in Value Theory

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)


The thesis examines a specific way of understanding the subjectivist position in value theory according to which subjectivism is the view that value is grounded on attitudes. It is argued that this should be seen as a second-order claim about the nature of value although with pluralistic implications on the substantial, first-order level. Subjectivist analyses of final and intrinsic value and of relational value (goodness-for) are offered. Further, the implications of subjectivism are considered with respect to, among other things, situations in which we would have different attitudes than those that we actually have, the relation between value and motivation, and value relativism and egoism. The thesis also contains discussions of value projection and the nature of evaluative language.


  • Fritz-Anton Fritzson
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Philosophy


  • Subjectivism, objectivism, relativism, absolutism, value and attitudes, supervenience and constitutive ground of value, final value, intrinsic value, good and good for, motivational internalism, idealization, value projection, error and evaluative language
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
Award date2014 Sep 13
  • Lund University (Media-Tryck)
Print ISBNs978-91-7473-994-7
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2014-09-13 Time: 10:15 Place: C126, LUX, Helgonavägen 3, Lund External reviewer(s) Name: Heuer, Ulrike Title: Associate Professor Affiliation: University of Leeds, England ---

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