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31 Ariz St. L.J. 355 (1999)
Intrinsic Value and Cultural Preservation

handle is hein.journals/arzjl31 and id is 369 raw text is: INTRINSIC VALUE AND CULTURAL
James W. Nickel*
Sarah Harding explains the respect that is due to culturally valuable
artifacts-what she calls cultural heritage-by claiming that such artifacts
are intrinsically valuable. She thinks that if we recognize the intrinsic value
of things such as songs, stories, remedies, textile designs, sacred objects,
drawings, works of art, sculpture, and buildings then we will be better
placed to understand our duties in regard to these things and to evaluate
competing claims to their possession and use.
In these brief comments on Harding's essay I question whether the notion
of intrinsic value that she borrows from Joseph Raz will do the work that she
thinks it can. I am sympathetic to Harding's project, and to Raz's ideas
about intrinsic value, but I find a number of problems in Harding's attempt
to use Raz's ideas in this context.
A. The Priority Thesis
Harding believes that there is a clear and obvious linkage between having
intrinsic value and having high priority, and between having instrumental
value and having lower priority. She says:
[Ilnstrumental values ... are secondary in nature.

*    Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder 80309-0232.
1.   Sarah Harding, Value, Obligation and Cultural Heritage, 31 ARIZ. ST. L.J. 291, 338

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