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Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


E thics, metaphysics [from Greek axis , value + arche , rule, rule by what is good and valued] A term invented by John Leslie for the belief that the world is largely or entirely determined by what is ethically valuable, and that things in this world have an intrinsic desire for the good. It is thought that this optimistic metaphysical outlook has been held by many philosophers throughout history. The belief that the universe is the product of a directly ethical requirement is extra axiarchism. “Axiarchism is my label for theories picturing the world as ruled largely or entirely by value.” Leslie, Value and Existence ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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