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Organon F

Volume 28, May 2021, Issue 3, Pages 596–625

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article | Special issue on Value in Language

Value and Scale: Some Observations and a Proposal

Andrés Soria-Ruiz

https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28306

Abstract

In this paper, I investigate the scalar semantics of evaluative adjective in general, and of good in particular. Lassiter (2017) has argued that good, when taking propositions as arguments, has an interval scale. I argue that there’s evidence in support of the view that good, when taking individuals as argument, has a scale that is stronger than interval, but weaker than ratio. In particular, I propose that individual-level good has a “round” ratio scale, which allows a broader set of ratio transformations than standard ratio scales. This conclusion is consistent with the fact that good admits round ratio modifiers (twice as good), but eschews precise ones (# 1.38x as good). An important consequence of this view is that the scales of individual and propositional-level good are severed.

Keywords

Evaluative adjectives, scalar semantics; metaethics.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)

Author

Andrés Soria-Ruiz

Affiliation

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

Address

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Campus de Campolide 1099-085 Lisboa, Portugal

E-mail

aruiz@fcsh.unl.pt

About this article

Received

3 December 2020

Accepted

19 June 2021

Published online

30 August 2021

Publishers

Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Cite as

APA

Soria-Ruiz, A. (2021). Value and Scale: Some Observations and a Proposal. Organon F28(3), 596–625. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28306

Chicago

Soria-Ruiz, Andrés. 2021. "Value and Scale: Some Observations and a Proposal." Organon F 28 (3): 596–625. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28306

Harvard

Soria-Ruiz, A. (2021). Value and Scale: Some Observations and a Proposal. Organon F, 28(3), pp. 596–625. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28306

Copyright information

© Andrés Soria-Ruiz

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