Exemplarist Moral Theory (Paperback)
  • Exemplarist Moral Theory (Paperback)
zoom

Exemplarist Moral Theory (Paperback)

(author)
£19.99
Paperback 290 Pages / Published: 01/08/2019
  • Coming soon

Awaiting publication

  • This item has been added to your basket
In this book Linda Zagzebski presents an original moral theory based on direct reference to exemplars of goodness, modeled on the Putnam-Kripke theory which revolutionized semantics in the seventies. In Exemplarist Moral Theory, exemplars are identified through the emotion of admiration, which Zagzebski argues is both a motivating emotion and an emotion whose cognitive content permits the mapping of the moral domain around the features of exemplars. Using examples of heroes, saints, and sages, Zagzebski shows how narratives of exemplars and empirical work on the most admirable persons can be incorporated into the theory for both the theoretical purpose of generating a comprehensive theory, and the practical purpose of moral education and self-improvement. All basic moral terms, including "good person," "virtue," "good life," "right act," and "wrong act" are defined by the motives, ends, acts, or judgments of exemplars, or persons like that. The theory also generates an account of moral learning through emulation of exemplars, and Zagzebski defends a principle of the division of moral linguistic labor, which gives certain groups of people in a linguistic community special functions in identifying the extension or moral terms, spreading the stereotype associated with the term through the community, or providing the reasoning supporting judgments using those terms. The theory is therefore semantically externalist in that the meaning of moral terms is determined by features of the world outside the mind of the user, including features of exemplars and features of the social linguistic network linking users of the terms to exemplars. The book ends with suggestions about versions of the theory that are forms of moral realism, including a version that supports the existence of necessary a posteriori truths in ethics.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190072254
Number of pages: 290
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Zagzebski's book provides a much appreciated addition to the landscape of contemporary moral theory. In more than a few passages, the moral exemplars Zagzebski describes are indeed emotionally stirring and morally elevating- proof positive of the power of exemplarity. * Jessy Jordan, Mount St. Mary's University *
In this book [Zagzebski] offers a fully-fledged defence of the claim that admiration, and the moral exemplars who form its paradigmatic object, have a crucial role to play in moral theory and practice. ... it will serve as a reference point for anyone wishing to think seriously about the role of exemplars and the experience of admiration in the moral life. * Sophia Vasalou, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice *

You may also be interested in...

On the Shortness of Life
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback
Live Like A Stoic
Added to basket
Happy
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
A Little History of Philosophy
Added to basket
Utopia for Realists
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Ikigai
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback
The Road Less Travelled
Added to basket
The Book of Why
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Tipping Point
Added to basket
Aristotle's Way
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Second Mountain
Added to basket
The Three Dimensions of Freedom
Added to basket
12 Rules for Life
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Meditations
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Enlightenment Now
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Science of Fate
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.