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A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us

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2019.09.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Todd May, A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us, University of Chicago Press, 2019, 212pp., $25.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780226609744. Reviewed by Marcel van Ackeren, Cologne/CIBSS Freiburg Todd May's book contributes to debates related to the question of how much morality can ask from us, by providing a compelling argument supporting a moderate account of morality, the decent life. Decency is meant to be attractive for those who are not willing or capable of going to their own and morality's limits by living a saintly and altruistic life, but neither want to abandon morality altogether. The book also departs from the style of most contemporary debates in ethics; for it is not only written in a very clear style but also almost completely avoids technical language. Instead, it provides vivid and often personal stories and cases that are not abstractly engineered tools for pumping intuitions. May's book is good philosophy... Read More

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