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Studia Neoaristotelica

Volume 15, Issue 1, 2018

Martin Cajthaml
Pages 95-130
DOI: 10.5840/studneoar20181513

Von Hildebrand’s Concept of Value

The paper aims to present a critical evaluation of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s account of value. This account is von Hildebrand’s most important and original contribution, not just to general value theory but to philosophy as such. I first present this account by explaining, in detail, his analysis of the so-called categories of importance. Then I critically examine the philosophical originality and merit of von Hildebrand’s account of value. I do so by arguing against his claim that value, in the sense of the important in itself, is not in the centre of “traditional ethics”.