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Philosophically speaking, what gives something value?

I am pondering on this thought and would like to have some additional input.

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Value is a weird thing. Take Diamonds for instance, they are just rocks that are shinier than other ones and are being sold for crazy money to people that think they are worth it, where I on the other hand couldn't care less about Diamonds. So value in some cases is based on what people are made to believe. Sentimental value on the other hand has nothing to do with money, and trying to make someone see how some little trinket from your Grandmother means so much to you is sort of impossible. Other people might look at your trinket like it's a piece of trash, but to you it represents a lot.

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A valuable answer.
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Monetary vs. Intrinsic. Good examples. Another green thumb at ya.
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Intrinsic value or monetary value?

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Intrinsic
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Green! Awesome way to clarify this question! Thanks, this helps me suggest as well! Have a nice night!
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Good answer! @sector: intrinsic means that nothing gives it value. That there is no outside force making it good. It is good for its own internal reasons.
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:-) Thank you to all of you for the dialog. How fun is that?
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Yes
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cyber_sense, you are so fun.. and smart too! And Sector, if I could green you too, I would! All the way Intrinsically! And.. Unless we started an auction, very little monetary. I prefer to think all of our thoughts are "priceless!" Have a great day! Yeaa!
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Thank you all. Very cool & fun people to hang with ... virtually.
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For something to have value, it has to have some meaning to someone. Say you have an old bottle cap. To most people it is just something that needs to go into the trash. But say that bottle cap is the only thing you have left from the last day you and you best childhood friend spent together before they moved away. To you it has meaning and value.

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So are you saying that value comes from irreplaceability? Or is there more that could go along with that?
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No, I think it is more than that. I believe it is the emotion attached to it
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Ok, thanks, the more I think of it irreplacability and sentiment have to do with value more times than not.
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Hi blu! I thought I had 'greened" you on the way down earlier! I'm sorry! I did now though! I totally agree with your response! I absolutely get the bottle cap scenario! Very nice! Have a great Sunday! Happy!
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Thank you!
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You're welcome!
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Someone is willing to pay for

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Well if someone is willing to pay for it, isnt selling it taking away its value? Because first of all they didnt work for it, so they cant value it truly. Then if you give it away for something else, doesnt that mean it is of no value to you because it can be replaced, therefore having no value?
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But it was clearly of value to the person who bought it, otherwise they wouldn't have paid for it.
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But doesnt thay still make it meaningless? The value was in your possesion. But instead it is replaced with monetary value, which goes away and comes back as with inflation.
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But I see how you could be right possibly
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You are also correct .. If something means that much to you sentimentally.. should hold onto it
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Formal philosophy has thus far given three perspectives: 1. God provides the only absolute source of value 2. Self is its own source of value. 3. There is no value, only "nothing".

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A demand for something gives it value. Remember pet rocks?

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Haha, yes I do
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Everything and nothing. Is ones value based upon what they have or can offer of value? Does the indigent know what's of true value? Who's the more valued member of society/community/family? Does deeming value, warrant value? Should one value themselves more than others? Can one find the true value of another without valuing them self? Will you value these thoughts? Should I value your opinion?...philosophically speaking ( I'm out there running in circles )

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Something is valuable to someone or even a group of people, when it has some sort of emotion attached to it. This emotion is usually positive but can also be negative.

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Mr_FadedGlory

Supply and demand

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For some valuable reason, your answer and your picture seem to go hand-in-hand !!!:):) I mean this in a very good way! Have a nice night
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FormerGlory! Thank goodness you are still here on Ask!

Truckerlady and Dozy (just to name a few) have bailed out to go to that other forum.

I just answered an ASK survey. I told them to lighten up on deleting Savorydave's Q & A, and maybe offer incentives for you guys & gals to come back.
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I have really missed you & Savory bantering, along with his sammich stories (falling off a ladder but saving his sammich).
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Good answer. Glad you dropped in.
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TruckerLady never left, she's just not on as much. Thank you for your kind words though, I appreciate it. It's good to see you also.
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Hi! Emotion. It doesn't matter if it's the Hope Diamond, or the love from your mom. How you feel emotionally about either will give it value to you. Value is personal. What it means to me, may be very different than what it means to someone else. I value some people's opinions on "ask.com" very much. Other people may not agree with me or value the opinion of those same people. This is o.k. too! Have a nice night!

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Have a good night yourself Merlin
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Thank you FormerGlory &, I hope you had sweet dreams! Good Morning to you today! It's great to be alive! Yeaa! happy! happy!
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Many people find it useful to distinguish instrumental value and intrinsic values, first discussed by Plato in the "Republic". An instrumental value is obvious & need no explanation. An intrinsically valuable thing is worth having for itself, not as a means to something else. It is giving value intrinsic and extrinsic properties. Intrinsic & instrumental goods are not mutually exclusive categories. Some things are both good in themselves, and also good for getting other things that are good. "Understanding science" may be such a good, being both worthwhile in and of itself, and as a means of achieving other goods.

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Green for u.
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Thank u sir.
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