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What Do We Do about Bleakness?

Alan Holland

Environmental Values 20 (2011): 315-321. doi: 10.3197/096327111X13077055165947


In response to Robin Attfield, I am inclined, still, (a) to claim that the concept of value cannot do the kind of comparative work that he asks it to do; (b) to doubt that the value of our world can be founded on the flourishing to be found there; and (c) to believe that there is enough in the world to be glad about even if it does not contain a preponderance of value. In response to John Cottingham, (a) I wonder whether denying the contingency of our moral impulses is compatible with the acceptance of Darwinian theory; (b) I distinguish between the primacy and the objectivity of moral truth; and (c) I draw attention to an apparently worrying implication of the belief that moral truth is 'objective'.


Value (comparative, objective); flourishing; bleakness; gladness

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Darwin and the Meaning in Life. Alan Holland

Reply to Holland ...The Meaning of Life and Darwinism. John Cottingham

Darwin, Meaning and Value. Robin Attfield

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: To Act or Not to Act? Katie McShane

Is Naturalism Bleak? A Reply to Holland and Cottingham. Ian James Kidd

The Trouble with Environmental ValuesSimon P. James

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