Human Interests: or Ethics for Physicalists

2014.12.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Joseph Mendola, Human Interests: or Ethics for Physicalists, Oxford University Press, 2014, 412pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.12.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Joseph Mendola, Human Interests: or Ethics for Physicalists, Oxford University Press, 2014, 412pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199682829. Reviewed by Bekka Williams, University of Arkansas Joseph Mendola's overall project in is the defense of a novel ethical theory that is consistent with physicalism yet delivers justificatory force approximating that claimed by non-naturalist ethical theories. This theory, which Mendola calls Material Morality (MM) is primarily act-consequentialist, but he argues that the view is also able to accommodate widespread intuitive elements of both deontology and virtue ethics. After defending MM, Mendola concludes by giving specific recommendations for how citizens of relatively well-off countries ought to act -- and must act, if they are to avoid serious immorality according to MM. Mendola's arguments for MM span an impressive range of topics in value theory (very possibly the. . .

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