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Hugh Lacey & Barry Schwartz

In: The Philosophy of Psychology

Chapter 21: The Formation and Transformation of Values*

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The Formation and Transformation of Values*
The formation and transformation of values
HughLacey
BarrySchwartz
Value

The word “value” has varied and complex uses. This variety and complexity reflect the wide range of tasks carried out by “values” in our communicative practices, and also that the depth of our grasp of the meaning of “value” depends partly on the values that we hold. In ordinary discourse, when we refer to a personal value, we may be pointing to some or all of the following:

  • A fundamental good that a person pursues consistently over an extended period of his or her life; one of the person's ultimate reasons for action.
  • A quality (or a practice) that gives worth, goodness, meaning, or a fulfilling character to the life a person is leading, ...

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