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Choosing Normative Concepts

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2018.05.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Matti Eklund, Choosing Normative Concepts, Oxford University Press, 2017, 219pp., $55.00, ISBN 9780198717829. Reviewed by Tristram McPherson, Ohio State University Consider the apparent possibility that we might have guided our lives by different normative concepts. This possibility prompts the question: are our actual normative concepts the best ones for the job? And this in turn motivates a philosophical project: to either find a way of vindicating our normative concepts, or a means of identifying better alternatives. This apparent possibility, and the attempt to address it, frame this book. With some notable exceptions, when mainstream metaethicists focus on concepts, they focus on our actual ethical concepts. Eklund, by contrast, offers sustained and acute attention to issues raised by merely possible alternative normative concepts. This focus allows him to reveal a startling new terrain of important. . .

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