Facts and Values: The Ethics and Metaphysics of Normativity

2017.07.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Giancarlo Marchetti and Sarin Marchetti (eds.), Facts and Values: The Ethics and Metaphysics of Normativity, Routledge, 2017,
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2017.07.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Giancarlo Marchetti and Sarin Marchetti (eds.), Facts and Values: The Ethics and Metaphysics of Normativity, Routledge, 2017, 297pp., $145.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138955516. Reviewed by Neil Sinclair, University of Nottingham This volume seeks to provide a critical perspective on the supposed fact/value distinction. In fact, it aims to provide multiple critiques of this 'absolute dichotomy', based in at least three disparate intellectual traditions: pragmatism, critical theory and analytic meta-ethics. The volume contains multiple representatives of each tradition, as well as chapters on the philosophy of law and environmental ethics. It is aimed at advanced scholars and dedicated to Hilary Putnam, whose essay on the collapse of the fact/value dichotomy is essential background for many of the papers. I think it only partially succeeds in meeting its aim, owing largely to the thematic fragmentation of the. . .

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