The Limits of Moral Authority

2016.11.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Dale Dorsey, The Limits of Moral Authority, Oxford University Press, 2016, 233pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198728900.
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2016.11.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Dale Dorsey, The Limits of Moral Authority, Oxford University Press, 2016, 233pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198728900. Reviewed by Douglas W. Portmore, Arizona State University Dale Dorsey has written an impressive book, which is a must-read for anyone interested in the normative authority of morality. The book concerns to what extent we should live our lives in accordance with either moral requirements or moral considerations. Suppose, for instance, that I fail to act as the balance of moral considerations supports my acting. Or suppose that I fail to act as I'm morally required to act. Does this mean that I've failed to act as I ought to have acted, all things considered? Not necessarily, argues Dorsey. He argues that we are not always required, all things considered, to act as we are morally required to act. (And, hereafter, I'll use the modifier 'normatively' to indicate when I'm talking about what... . . .

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