Theory vs. Anti-theory in Ethics: A Misconceived Conflict

2015.04.32 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nick Fotion, Theory vs. Anti-theory in Ethics: A Misconceived Conflict, Oxford University Press, 2014, 334pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.04.32 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nick Fotion, Theory vs. Anti-theory in Ethics: A Misconceived Conflict, Oxford University Press, 2014, 334pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199373529. Reviewed by Nora Hämäläinen, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki Nick Fotion strives to formulate a "new theory of theory formation in ethics" by revisiting the conflict between theorists and so-called anti-theorists in late 20th-century and contemporary (mainly analytic) ethics. This is a misconceived conflict, he argues, because both parties have an overly restrictive idea of what moral theory is or should be. In Fotion's view, both anti-theorists and those who have answered them by defending theory understand theory in terms of what he calls strong theory: a type of theory that is defined by a range of demanding criteria that few actual theories fulfill. Instead of continuing the debate (or forgetting it, which has mostly been the. . .

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