Motivation Ethics

2017.04.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mathew Coakley, Motivation Ethics, Bloomsbury, 2017, 258pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781350004597. Reviewed by Erica Lucast
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2017.04.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mathew Coakley, Motivation Ethics, Bloomsbury, 2017, 258pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781350004597. Reviewed by Erica Lucast Stonestreet, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University Mathew Coakley presents a moral theory that combines the consequentialist premise that the moral good is the overall good with the Kantian and virtue theories' premise that the primary object of evaluation should be the agent. "Motivation ethics" is the view that "Agents are morally better the more motivated they are to promote the [overall] good" (59). He argues that only theories that base evaluations of actions or institutions on the evaluation of agents can avoid a range of problems including, most prominently, arbitrariness. The arguments are designed to avoid relying on intuitions, standing instead on theoretical constraints including evaluative coherence (between action judgments and agent judgments) and non-arbitrariness.. . .

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