The Expression of Value in a World of Fact

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Joseph P. Hester


This article examines the difficulties of expressing values consistently so that others are able to understand and draw conclusions about personal motives and behaviors. Recognized are the hidden and often unspoken beliefs and values found in everyday conversation and in moral theory-making. What is suggested is that seeking common values that are useful and shareable is no easy task. Given the utilitarian hypothesis that moral value is simply a matter of convenience and utility, the expression of value in a world of fact is and remains a precarious vision, but one to which we aspire.

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Hester, J. P. (2020). The Expression of Value in a World of Fact. Humanities Bulletin, 3(1), 104–116. Retrieved from

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