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Compassionate Moral Realism

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2019.06.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Colin Marshall, Compassionate Moral Realism, Oxford University Press, 2018, 265pp., $60.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198809685. Reviewed by Adam Lerner, New York University Why be moral? In his book, Colin Marshall develops a novel answer: being moral comes along with obtaining an irreplaceable epistemic good available only to those who feel compassion. He then parlays this answer into a version of moral realism meant to deliver every metaethical good worth wanting: a naturalist metaphysics, a rejection of relativism, a refutation of skepticism, an explanation of the intimate connections between moral judgment and moral motivation, and, above all, a compelling answer to the question "why be moral?". The arguments for these views draw inspiration from an eclectic array of sources, both historical and contemporary, and they fruitfully bring together a variety of issues from across the philosophy of mind and moral philosophy. While the... Read More

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