Morality for Humans: Ethical Understanding from the Perspective of Cognitive Science

2014.08.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mark Johnson, Morality for Humans: Ethical Understanding from the Perspective of Cognitive Science, University of Chicago Press,
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2014.08.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mark Johnson, Morality for Humans: Ethical Understanding from the Perspective of Cognitive Science, University of Chicago Press, 2014, 261pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780226113401. Reviewed by Alexa Forrester, Santa Rosa Junior College Mark Johnson's newest book is a welcome renewal and defense of John Dewey's ethical naturalism, which Johnson claims is the only morality "fit for actual human beings." (217) The book straddles the divide between questions in moral psychology -- What values do we have? Where did they come from? What role does reason play in moral deliberation? -- and questions of normative and metaethics -- From where do values get genuine normative authority? How do we properly rank our values when they compete with each other? These questions weave together throughout the book; I will treat them in turn. Regarding moral psychology, it is safe to say that the Deweyan picture of human agency,. . .

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