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    as a means to

    Hi,

    I was wondering if anybody could take a look for me at this phrase-as a means to. What does it mean in this context?

    Thanks for your help.



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    Re: as a means to

    Quote Originally Posted by XINLAI-UE View Post
    . If I value something as a means to something else, then it has what we will call "extrinsic value".
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    As a means to= as the medium, method, or instrument used to obtain a result or achieve something.

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    Re: as a means to

    Should it not be such as If I value something as a means to do something else?

    I am surely wrong. Well, any explanation about it would be welcome



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    Re: as a means to

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    Should it not be such as If I value something as a means to do something else?

    I am surely wrong. Well, any explanation about it would be welcome
    No - it can be a means to getting somewhere, a means to earning something, a means to [achieving] something.

    It is indicating that something is the process leading to something else.

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    Re: as a means to

    Professor: To understand Aristotle's interest in happiness, we need to understand this distinction. Some things I aim for and value, not for themselves but for what they bring about, in addition to themselves. If I value something as a means to something else, then it has what we will call "extrinsic value".


    I value hard work, because it can lead to other things. That's why I work so hard in the garden - I love the results!

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    Re: as a means to

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    No - it can be a means to getting somewhere, a means to earning something, a means to [achieving] something.

    It is indicating that something is the process leading to something else.
    Does as a means of doing work?

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