Toward a Pragmatist Metaethics

2016.12.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Diana B. Heney, Toward a Pragmatist Metaethics, Routledge, 2016, 155pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138189492. Reviewed by Todd
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2016.12.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Diana B. Heney, Toward a Pragmatist Metaethics, Routledge, 2016, 155pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138189492. Reviewed by Todd Lekan, Muskingum University Diana B. Heney's book has two basic aims. The first is to offer an interpretation of the vital meta-ethical insights from the tradition of classical pragmatism including C.S. Peirce, William James, John Dewey, and C.I. Lewis. The second is to apply some of these insights to contemporary meta-ethical debates, especially the issues of whether moral judgments are "truth apt" and whether general moral principles play a significant role in moral inquiry. Heney shows how pragmatism can offer compelling versions of both a cognitivist affirmation of the truth aptness of moral judgments and a generalist support for the role of principles in moral deliberation. The book deserves responses within contemporary analytic ethics, and I predict that it will prove its value. . .

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