This is the second of the three volumes of A System of Pragmatic
Idealism, a series that will synthesize the life's work of the
philosopher Nicholas Rescher. Rescher's numerous books and
articles, which address almost every major philosophical topic,
reflect a unified approach: the combination of pragmatism and
idealism characteristic of his thinking throughout his career. The
three related but independently readable books of the series
present Rescher's system as a whole. In combining leading ideas of
European continental idealism and American pragmatism in a new way,
Rescher has created an integrated philosophical position in which
the central concepts of these two traditions become a coherent
totality. The initial volume in the series was dedicated to
epistemology, the philosophy of science, and the philosophy of
nature. In The Validity of Values, Rescher sets out a normative
theory of rationality. Looking at issues of value theory, ethics,
and practical philosophy, this second volume of the trilogy has as
its theme the utility of values for a proper understanding of
ourselves and the world we live in. Rescher's key thesis, which is
argued from various angles and points of departure, is that
rationality as such and in general is bound up with the theory and
practice of rational evaluation. The third volume of the series
will deal with the nature of philosophical inquiry itself.
Originally published in 1992.
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