Is there a common ground to all evaluations?

Consider the case of my evaluating something as worthless and the case of my evaluating that same thing as valuable. Surely these two cases differ only with regard to the value judgment that is being made. Now consider the case of one evaluator's evaluating something as worthless and the case of the evaluation of another thing, which is as different as possible from the first thing, by another evaluator, who is as different as possible from the first evaluator. Is there a common ground to the latter two evaluations?

Update:

P.S.: The two value judgments must also be as different as possible.

Update 2:

Don H, I take you to mean that "judgment" still means something when all the variables are different, and is then not a mere word. That is indeed my question.

Update 3:

Agreed, LG, but would there still be a common ground if the first evaluator was a human being and the second evaluator an alien life form (whatever "life" means) that was as different as possible from a human being?

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    Judgment is the constant, conditioning is the difference.

  • LG
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Value is a subjective thing, unless there are predetermined criteria for value. Define value, and then make judgements based on those agreed upon definitions. Lacking predetermined value criteria, one must go by what is important to THEM. This thing is valuable to me because it satisfies such and such a need of mine. I think our core needs as humans are very much the same from person to person. So there's a lot of common ground there. But situational needs change. A winter coat is valuable to someone living in the Arctic but worthless to someone living on the equator. It's a proximate, subjective thing. But both people still value life and what helps them live. That's the common ground.

  • 8 years ago

    Not all evaluations, but there might be commonalities between value determinations, these being of need. Now you might ask a person in a tribe if they value transportation, and depending on that culture, where it is at, they might not only deny its value but DISAPPROVE of it. Another example, is of religious (cult) which values certain things over needs at times, as in miracles or supernatural behaviors. You will find common values in common cultures, religions, and as an addition to the equation, common variables with common needs. I imagine that there are beings out there that have a common ground to all evaluations and they live very equal to one another. Differing values, equals individual inequalities.

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