Ethics and Social Survival

2016.11.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Milton Fisk, Ethics and Social Survival, Routledge, 2016, 236pp., $119.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138646551. Reviewed by Tim Mulgan,
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2016.11.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Milton Fisk, Ethics and Social Survival, Routledge, 2016, 236pp., $119.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138646551. Reviewed by Tim Mulgan, University of Auckland and University of St Andrews In this fascinating and provocative book, Milton Fisk defends a radical and original account of the nature, basis, and justification of ethics. Ethical life is a project, whose goal is to avoid social collapse, or more positively, to ensure social viability. What matters is neither the survival of any particular social arrangement, government, or state, nor the mere existence of human beings, but rather the continuation of some human society where ethical norms make sense. Examples of social collapse include: Germany in 1945 (25), and "what remained after the US Army's destruction of Native American society, after Stalin's destruction of kulak society in the Ukraine, after the Khmer Rouge slaughters in Cambodia, or after the rampages. . .

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