Ignorance and Moral Obligation

2015.03.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael J. Zimmerman, Ignorance and Moral Obligation, Oxford University Press, 2014, 149pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.03.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael J. Zimmerman, Ignorance and Moral Obligation, Oxford University Press, 2014, 149pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199688852. Reviewed by Gideon Rosen, Princeton University This lucid, tightly focused book takes up a question whose centrality for moral theory has only recently become apparent: how exactly do our moral obligations depend on what we know? The first three chapters develop a version of the view Michael Zimmerman has defended elsewhere (2008): the Prospective View, according to which our obligations are determined, not by the objective facts, and not by our subjective beliefs, but by our evidence. Much of the book is devoted to a lively defense of this view against the many objections that have been raised against it, and for the most part Zimmerman (credibly) stands his ground. At one crucial point, however, in response to a beautiful challenge due to Holly Smith (2011), Zimmerman revises his. . .

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