Journal of Philosophical Research

Volume 48, 2023

Lorraine L. Besser
Pages 259-269

Engagement, Experience, and Value
Reply to Critics

In this reply to comments by Neera Badhwar and Barbara Montero, I examine more deeply the nature of cognitive engagement and how it is distinct from other forms of cognitive activity; revisit the distinction between interesting and boring experiences; and present an analysis of all-things-considered value that illustrates the contributions that the interesting makes. I conclude by considering what all-things-considered value becomes for patients with severe cognitive impairments.