Idealist Ethics

2016.07.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews W. J. Mander, Idealist Ethics, Oxford University Press, 2016, 276pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198748892. Reviewed by Jon
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2016.07.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews W. J. Mander, Idealist Ethics, Oxford University Press, 2016, 276pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198748892. Reviewed by Jon Garthoff, University of Tennessee 1. A central idea of W. J. Mander's Idealist Ethics is that something went very wrong, during the early modern period, with the development of ethical theory. As Mander sees it, the mind-body dualism of Rene Descartes lies near the source of the problem. In Mander's view Cartesian dualism erred in positing a gulf between the value-laden mental or ideal and the value-free physical or material, a gulf theorists -- dualist or physicalist -- have not bridged. Mander's prescription is to cease trying, and instead to view this gulf as illusory. This advance in ethics is to be accomplished by revivifying idealist metaphysics. The first of the book's seven parts distills idealism as a philosophical tradition. Mander defines idealism as "a commitment to the. . .

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