What Can Philosophy Contribute to Ethics?

2017.08.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews James Griffin, What Can Philosophy Contribute to Ethics?, Oxford University Press, 2015, 157pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2017.08.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews James Griffin, What Can Philosophy Contribute to Ethics?, Oxford University Press, 2015, 157pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198748090. Reviewed by Bradford Cokelet, University of Kansas In this slim, dense book, James Griffin urges moral and political philosophers to adopt a new, anti-systematic methodology. His negative target is philosophers who think, "that [their] job is to take the ethics of society in hand, analyze it into parts, purge it of bad ideas, and organize the good into a systematic moral theory" (1). Griffin attacks this method of analysis, purification, and theory construction and proposes an unsystematic alternative. He thinks moral philosophers should stick to identifying and re-engineering troublesomely indeterminate moral concepts such as justice, equality, and human rights.   After identifying a problematic concept, Griffin recommends a three-pronged program for improvement: (a) deploy the. . .

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