The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility

2017.05.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Owen Flanagan, The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility, Oxford University Press, 2017, 362pp., $40.00 (hbk),
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2017.05.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Owen Flanagan, The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility, Oxford University Press, 2017, 362pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN9780190212155. Reviewed by Regina Rini, New York University Owen Flanagan's latest book is a kind of sequel to his 1991 Varieties of Moral Personality, where he argued that moral theory had become untethered from the realities of human psychology. The new book aims to extend this empirically informed approach by bringing "culturally attuned moral psychology into conversation with cross-cultural and comparative philosophy" (3). It is fundamentally an argument against two dialectical enemies: parochial ethicists who are unaware of (or unconcerned with) cultural diversity, and scientists who hold a simplistically nativist view of moral cognition. What these camps share is a conception of morality as highly unified, either conceptually or biologically, rather than as splintering into. . .

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