The Supposed “Inseparability” of Fact and Value

South African Journal of Philosophy 22 (1):51-62 (2003)
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A wide variety of philosophers seem to agree that there is something dubious about the distinction between fact and value. This paper evaluates some of the arguments made for such a contention. It is argued that only the crudest form of pragmatism leads to a conflation of fact and value. Other arguments against the fact/value distinction, mostly drawn from Putnam's Reason, Truth and History, are examined in order to show that they are either false or trivial. S. Afr. J. Philos. Vol.22(1) 2003: 51-62



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J. P. Smit
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Treatise on Critical Reason.Hans Albert - 1985 - Princeton University Press.

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