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Realms of Value

1946 to 1948
University of Glasgow

In Realms of Value Perry expounds the definition of value and tests it by application in the following chapters on different fields of civilization and its several realms.

After initial discussion of value in chapter 1 “The Definition of Value in Terms of Interest”, the definition of interest is amplified and the concept related to the findings of psychology in the following chapters. Chapter 2 “Motor-Affective Psychology”, chapter 3 “The Object of Interest”, clarifying what is meant by an object of interest, chapter 4 “Gradation, Integration, and Mutation” and chapter 5 “Modes of Interests”, discussing and revealing certain general modes of interest as an assumption for the description of civilization and its several realms.

In chapters 6 to 8 Perry presents an account of morality, expounds the interpretation of moral concepts, and reflects on the proof of moral knowledge. Chapter 9 “Social Organization” and 10 “Social Institutions”, followed by a chapter presenting an outline of the cultural sciences and their methods. Chapter 12 discusses conscience and ethics, giving a definition of conscience and expounding the methods of ethics.

Perry then turns to the fields of civilization, applying the aforementioned reflections on value. This part consists of reflections on polity and political science, law and jurisprudence, economy and economics, democracy, science and the science of science, art and aesthetics, culture, civilization, and sociology, the history of history, education and the science of education, and value and metaphysics. A final chapter “Religion and Philosophy of Religion” discusses among others the meaning of religion, different methods in the field of religion, kinds of critique of religion, religion and civil institutions, religious cosmology, and universal religion.

Contributor(s)
  • Benedikt Bock, University of Glasgow