Theories of Value; Intrinsic vs Instrumental

I needto write a paper on The Theories of Value; Intrisic vs Instrumental. Can anyone please point out some important aspects I should include? Thanks.


  1. folks around here don’t take kindly to people asking them to do their homework for them.

  2. you posted a question requiring a discussion in a forum (General Questions) that is for posting questions with a factual answer.

  3. go read the story about the farmer selling an apple tree; it should clear things right up for you.

Welcome to the SDMB. You may wanna just lurk around for a while to get the hang of the place.

  1. Hey you know what thanks for telling me but I am new here and I just needed other peoples views on this question.

  2. Bull I see a whole bunch of other people asking howework questions!

  3. What is this apple tree thing you are talking about(yes i am ignorent).

  4. Then where should i post my question if not here?

Please try to read the following in the gentle tone it is intended. I’m in a rush, and I type much faster than I edit. Apologies in advance

"2. Bull I see a whole bunch of other people asking howework questions!"

Not posting homework questions is an informal rule here, but one that is taken fairly seriously. Imaging that someone came to your lunch table at work, and interrupted your conversation with your friends… then when you asked them not to interrupt (pick their nose, talk with their mouth full, whatever) they replied “Bull, I’ve been watching you, and you do that all the time.” Whether or not they were factually correct, or were a fantastic person with innumerable admirable traits, that would make a bad impression, no? We are not as cliquish as many lunchroom tables, but we do have a culture and a preferred way of doing things. That’s why ‘lurking’ (reading a board for a while without posting) to get the lay of the land is generally a wise idea at any board.

(We do have a sense of community here, which might not have been immediately obvious, if you came here from Cecil’s column. If so, it’s understandable that you considered this a generic information resource, and didn’t think we’d expect you to ‘scope out the turf’ before posting. I think you’ll find that almost any forum on the Internet develops a unique culture over time. Even after lurking, I have made posts that would have been quite fine in similar boards on the same topic, but were flameworthy where posted.)

As a general rule, such questions recieve the same response you do. In the few cases where they haven’t (as far as I have seen) they have addressed very specific points, after giving every indication hat they had put substantial effort into it, and hit a roadblock. They did not ask for a general overview so that they could give an impression of a more comprehensive understanding of the topic than they possess, without doing the work/ reading required for such understanding.

I did a search for ‘homework’. Only one current thread resembled yours. It was answered thusly:
(other threads, like the one where a student was ‘doing their homework’ before considering enlisting for the Marines, showed up, but they are clearly not in the same category.

The purpose of a school paper is to demonstrate that you have acquired a familiarity with and understanding of a topic, not to generate a paper that covers all the bases with a minimal amount of effort. It may seem ‘inefficient’ to read materials that don’t find their way into your submitted paper, but that information is actually as valuable as the material that ends up in your paper.

True, when you’re in the workforce, you’ll probably write reports where such ‘efficiency’ is valued, but those reports are meant to succinctly present information to your employer, colleagues or client. They are not primarily assigned to educate you. Different thing.

"4. Then where should i post my question if not here?"

There may be a forum for such questions, but the SMDB isn’t one. I’d definitely ask your teacher how they feel about you asking people on the internet to supply an outline of your field. He/She might disapprove or might not care). I agree that there is an almost hypocritical ambiguity here: many people think ‘asking the internet’ is too easy, yet asking knowledgeable adults or experts in real life is often considered fine.

It’s always best to play by the teacher’s rules, even if they don’t explicitly spell them out. I don’t need to tell you that schools are not always entirely rational places, and you can get in trouble for breaking rules at are unspoken or silly (or unspoken because they would sound silly if they weren’t unspoken) and no matter how good your argument, it may be ignored or stir up hostility. At the very least, it’s a hassle you don’t need