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Grazer Philosophische Studien

Volume 31, 1988

Seppo Sajama
Pages 45-57

France Veber's Theory of Value

Veber's theory of value is based on his general classification of mental phenomena. Value-experiences constitute a special variety of emotional experiences: they have a pseudo-cognitive role; that is, they "perceive" values just as ordinary presentations perceive things and their properties. Veber also makes several distinctions between different types of value-perceiving emotions. Finally he discusses the kinds of objective correlates that these experiences have and thereby distinguishes between three types of value: thing-value, person-value and hagiological value. He may be criticised for inconsistency, because he starts f r om the descriptive standpoint but ends up by legislating on how we ought to value persons.

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