Inside Ethics: On the Demands of Moral Thought

2016.07.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alice Crary, Inside Ethics: On the Demands of Moral Thought, Harvard University Press, 2016, 283pp., $49.95 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.07.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alice Crary, Inside Ethics: On the Demands of Moral Thought, Harvard University Press, 2016, 283pp., $49.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780674967816. Reviewed by Andrea C. Westlund, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Alice Crary presents a deep challenge to certain widely shared assumptions about the nature and limits of ethical thought, along with a compelling invitation to think differently about the moral status and qualities of humans and animals. Most contemporary ethicists assume that any objective representation of human and animal life must be developed outside of ethics, using the normatively neutral methods of, for example, the natural sciences. Crary, in contrast, argues that humans and animals have empirically observable moral characteristics, recognition of which is crucial to moral thought, but which are inaccessible to us when we limit ourselves to neutral methods. Good, "world-guided" moral thought,. . .

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