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Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Perfectionist Turn: From Metanorms to Metaethics

Today I received a copy of The Perfectionist Turn: From Metanorms to Metaethics by Douglas Den Uyl and Douglas B. Rasmussen. This book has interesting ideas on ethical theory; it also has a discussion of contemporary political philosophy, especially in the works of philosophers such as Rawls, Nussbaum, and Sen.


Once I finish reading it, I will write an article on it. For now, here is a good perspective on ethics from the book’s first chapter, “Introduction: What is Ethics”:
“And although we at least sense that complicated ethical theories may occupy the time of philosophers, we also believe that philosophers are considering matters we generally understand, and which are not themselves simply product of the philosophers’ own reflections. Ethics is something real for us all, not a theoretical construct. It would still be of concern to us even if ethical theorists did not exist.”

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