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Wise Choices, Apt Feelings: A Theory of Normative Judgment Paperback – January 1, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0674953789 ISBN-10: 0674953789 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; Reprint edition (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674953789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674953789
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very distinguished book; rich in insights and written with a terse elegance that makes for wonderful clarity and ease of reading. (John McDowell, University of Pittsburgh)

This is a wonderful book. It is hard to overpraise it. It is learned, wise, deep, and subtle, and for in my view it is substantially right. It is also a marvelously human and humane book, taking us into the heart of human emotion and feeling and exploring their shape with great sympathy and skill. (Simon Blackburn Ethics)

Every so often, though not often enough, a philosophical book is written that addresses a deep problem with profound insight, subtle argumentation and captivating style. Allan Gibbard's Wise Chioces, Apt Feelings: A Theory of Normative Judgment is such a book. It is an important book; it is a beautiful book. (Donald Hubin Philosophical Quarterly)

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Allan Gibbard is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By forehandshanker on February 19, 2006
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Presumably you are checking out this book because you are interested in moral philosophy. Just to set up a little bit of background, Gibbard's book is about meta-ethics: the analysis of our moral concepts. Or to put it in more philosophical terms of art, it is about the metaphysics, epistemology and semantics of morality. Gibbard's book does not pretend to give us a substantive moral theory, nor does it aim to settle specific moral questions (e.g., is abortion always wrong?).

One way to characterize the central dispute in metaethics is to ask what the moral judgements of the form, 'X is right', really amounts to. Some say moral judgements are really the recognition that the property of rightness attaches to X. Call these folks moral realists. Others say they express an attitude of approval, prescription or endorsement on the part of those who say 'X is right'. Call these folks moral expressivists. Gibbard sides with moral expressivists, but goes to great effort to use the resources of moral realists to avoid their objections.

To spell this out very roughly, Gibbard tells us morality is about deliberating about how to live. Moral talk is about which moral norms are relevant to the situations in our lives. Situations in our lives can be described as facts. What we ought to do is a function of both the norms we accept and the facts about our lives. Yet what we ought to do is ultimately up to us to decide. If we disagree on a specific course of action, then Gibbard tells us we begin to have normative conversations about which norms are appropriate and which facts are relevant to the case in hand. Further conversation may reveal that there are higher-ordered commitments which may explain why we are in dispute.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By James Ryan on December 23, 1999
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Gibbard argues that, while there aren't any moral facts, there is an objective criterion (besides coherence of one's own values, which he says is not enough) by which to make a moral judgment. The criterion is the extent to which the judgment compromises with one's interlocutors' preferences and promotes coordination and cooperation with them. His key argument is that it isn't reasonable to cling to one's own set of judgments, since one's powers of judgment have been naturally selected for their tendency to promote coordination and cooperation in one's clan. Excluding the relevance of coordination and cooperation would require turning a deeply skeptical eye to the very judgments one would cling to. This is the skeleton of a deep and rich book, in which every page delves into issues with great clarity and insight. However, you may question the premise that coherence is not enough for rationality and morality. Also, the key argument may be flawed. The fact that one's desires have been formed partly by a tendency to heed the influence of others' opinions does not actually entail that one should consciously try to accept more of their influence. It seems that one's values (assuming they are coherent and informed about the facts) are enough. Their origin in non-rational evolutionary forces doesn't give one reason to accept more of those non-rational forces now. For Gibbard to raise the spectre of skepticism, as he does, he would have to assume that there are objective moral facts that we are trying to discover when we form a moral judgment. But that is exactly what he is trying to avoid saying, as he should. Why, then should one compromise with communists or radical utilitarians? It may be rational or morally right to cling to one's moral values even if it means a breakdown of cooperation or even death.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Cobb on April 8, 2010
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Gibbard's theory of meta-ethics is simply the best one out there, and this book provides an excellent introduction.
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