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The Moral Nexus

2020.06.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews R. Jay Wallace, The Moral Nexus, Princeton University Press, 2019, 306pp., $39.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780691172170. Reviewed by Rahul Kumar, Queen's University The idea that, as Christine Korsgaard once put it, "The subject matter of morality is not what we should bring about, but how we should relate to one another" is one that resonates with moral and political philosophers. R. Jay Wallace's book brilliantly explores, with nuance and in detail, the reasons embedded in ordinary moral thought that undergird the appeal of a relational interpretation of moral reasoning, one that characterizes it as a matter of working out how we ought to regulate our conduct if we are to stand in a relation of moral equals to one another. It argues, in particular, for the merits of a distinctive, and contentious, version of such an interpretation that conceives of the whole of the morality of... Read [More]

The Power of the People

Governments and their institutions can do a lot of things. But one thing they cannot do is create their own legitimacy. That’s the brilliant thing about politics, no matter how fascistic it might be: institutions want to be seen as legitimate. But only the people themselves can bequeath legitimacy on their institutions. What we are … Continue reading The Power of [More]

New proof theory blog

A new Proof Theory Blog has started up. “The purpose … is to give proof theorists a venue to communicate ideas, works-in-progress, gems, or simply observations that may be relevant to the proof theory community. The hope is that it … Continue reading → The post New proof theory blog appeared first on Logic [More]

Moral Psychology with Nietzsche

2020.06.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Brian Leiter, Moral Psychology with Nietzsche, Oxford University Press, 2019, 198pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199696505. Reviewed by Matthew Meyer, The University of Scranton Nietzsche's moral psychology is a hot topic. Paul Katsafanas' The Nietzschean Self (Oxford 2017) was followed by Mark Alfano's Nietzsche's Moral Psychology (Cambridge 2019) and this book by Brian Leiter. Like the other two volumes, Leiter's work brings together substantially revised versions of previous papers, so some of its contents will be familiar to scholars in the field. At the same time, the book gives us a fresh perspective on Leiter's interpretation of Nietzsche's moral psychology. Readers will now be able to see how the  papers Leiter published over the years fit together, and how he developed some of his ideas and responsed to his critics. Although I offer a handful of criticisms, I will say in advance that Leiter's book is a... Read [More]

At last, it’s here …!

It’s arrived. Publication date June 25th. Hardback, paperback, PDF version all available. You’ll want all three, of course. Hurry, hurry, while stocks last. (I’m really pleased with how it looks: so I’ll cut myself some slack and leave fretting about … Continue reading → The post At last, it’s here …! appeared first on Logic [More]