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Wise Choices, Apt Feelings: A Theory of Normative Judgment
This book examines some of the deepest questions in philosophy: What is involved in judging a belief, action, or feeling to be rational? What place does morality have in the kind of life it makes most sense to lead? How are we to understand claims to objectivity in moral judgments and in judgments of rationality? When we find ourselves in fundamental disagreement with whol ...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Harvard University Press
(first published February 26th 1990)
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Gibbard offers extremely interesting suggestions, presenting them in a plausible narrative that takes seriously both evolutionary naturalism and normative reasoning. I even agree with many of Gibbard's suggestions--or at least, take these suggestions to be worth considering seriously. Overall, though, the book lacks argumentation and is incredibly repetitive; the same points could have been made in half or even a third of the pages actually used. Thus my lowered rating: I suspect that Gibbard re ...more
Feb 07, 2008 Anthony rated it liked it
Recommends it for: wise choosers, apt feelers
i just finished this book, and it's about mother-flippin' time - i started it some 9 months ago. there were several factors that kept me from finishing this book more quickly that have nothing to do with its content. nevertheless, i have to confess that it let me down in certain ways. part of the reason is that i had much greater ambitions for this book, but that's not a reason to criticize (it's to gibbard's credit that he has such modest aims). i was also somewhat disappointed simply because g ...more
Very interesting taxonomical work, which tries to give an account of how and why humans are moral animals making and accepting normative statements. Lacks a personal-level account of how we arrive at justified normative utterances.