- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199552746
- ISBN-13: 978-0199552740
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.7 x 6.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a book that no serious ethicist can afford not to read carefully in its entirety. Extremely compelling and original picture of rational agency." --Ethics
"Christine Korsgaard is one of our most stimulating and arresting voices in moral philosophy. Her arguments are audacious, penetrating, and philosophically adroit. She has the confidence to write as if addressing a deeply interested group of people in the same room with her. It is a style whose candid vitality is very effective in communicating, that is, sharing both the seriousness and the fun of first-hand philosophical investigation." --Social Theory and Practice
"Most rigorous and compelling as it explores questions in action theory and moral psychology. It simultaneously furnishes valuable reflection on Plato, Aristotle, Hume, and Kant, and shows how at the end of the day some of their views might be far more plausible than they are often thought to be." --The Philosophical Quarterly
"An excellent collection of papers, many of which address key concerns in contemporary ethics in novel and fascinating ways." --Theoria
"As with any other work of such philosophical importance, the essays in this collection have initiated debates that will be the foci of ethics and action theory in the days to come."--Carla Bagnoli, otre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"A clear, careful contribution to scholarship on practical reason and moral psychology by a leading American philosopher."--A.W. Klink, CHOICE
"Korsgaard's project is highly ambitious, philosophically interesting and important. She pursues this project in a very original way, drawing together strands of thought from seemingly very different philosophical traditions in surprising ways, and the resulting synthesis is remarkable for its philosophical power and unity. As usual, Korsgaard's writing is engaging and pithy throughout, and it is hard not to be drawn inot the text. Anyone interested in the nature of morality, normativity or action should read these books." --Analysis Advance Access
About the Author
Christine M. Korsgaard earned her B.A. at the University of Illinois in 1974, her Ph.D. at Harvard University, where she studied with John Rawls, in 1981, and an LHD at the University of Illinois in 2004. She is currently Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. She works on moral philosophy and its history, practical reason, agency, personal identity, and the relations between human beings and the other animals.