Theories of Action and Morality: Perspectives from Philosophy and Social Theory

2017.06.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mark Alznauer and José M. Torralba (eds.), Theories of Action and Morality: Perspectives from Philosophy and Social Theory, Georg
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2017.06.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mark Alznauer and José M. Torralba (eds.), Theories of Action and Morality: Perspectives from Philosophy and Social Theory, Georg Olms, 2016, 217pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9783487153872. Reviewed by Kristina Gehrman, University of Tennessee Can human action be understood and usefully treated as value-free, or amoral? All of the essays in this collection either presuppose or argue that it cannot: "it is undesirable or even incoherent to treat human agency as if it were conceptually independent of value questions" (7). In itself, this commitment is not unusual in contemporary action theory. The distinctive ambition of this volume is to represent both "philosophic and sociological" perspectives on action thus construed (8), in a way that will be mutually illuminating and intellectually worthwhile to scholars across disciplines. Of course, for the collection as a whole to realize its cross-disciplinary ambition. . .

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