Knowing Better: Virtue, Deliberation, and Normative Ethics

2016.01.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Daniel Star, Knowing Better: Virtue, Deliberation, and Normative Ethics, Oxford University Press, 2015, 147pp., $60.00 (hbk),
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2016.01.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Daniel Star, Knowing Better: Virtue, Deliberation, and Normative Ethics, Oxford University Press, 2015, 147pp., $60.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199570416. Reviewed by Alex Worsnip, New York University Daniel Star's excellent book is organized around a puzzle that is thrown up by two apparently anodyne claims that nevertheless stand in tension with one another. On one hand, it seems that ordinary people with no familiarity with philosophical ethics are capable of being good, and virtuous. On the other hand, it seems that the enterprise of philosophical ethics is not a waste of time: we are capable of learning something about how we should live by engaging in ethical theorizing. Star's project in this book is to reconcile these two observations. In the course of doing so, he makes original and insightful contributions to an impressively wide range of independently important philosophical debates concerning -- among. . .

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