Second-Person Standpoint Stephen L. Darwall

ISBN: 9780674034624

Published: November 6th 9

Paperback

362 pages


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Second-Person Standpoint  by  Stephen L. Darwall

Second-Person Standpoint by Stephen L. Darwall
November 6th 9 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 362 pages | ISBN: 9780674034624 | 8.33 Mb

This book makes Rawls Theory of Justice feel like an easy read.Im not even going to try to summarize the book, but here are some features to help you decide whether or not to read it:Its a tough read. Make no mistake, this was a massive pain (for me) to readIts an ethics book.

And it is hardcore. What do I mean by the possibly creepy It is hardcore? I mean that some ethics books are almost entirely accessible to an interested lay audience, usually because most of the content deals with topics that are easily relatable. Take Peter Singers Animal Liberation, for instance. Easy for anyone to follow, so long as that person has an interest in the topic. Others are a little more abstract. And still others are foundational (this isnt a real term, so dont use it) - they deal to a large extent with questions such as What do certain types of ethical utterances presuppose in terms of the nature of will, desire, etc.?

These foundational texts thus have a deep connection with other branches of philosophy, such as theory of mind stuff, phenomenology, etc.This is a foundational book.Its extremely important. This book was very well received. If youre serious about modern ethical theory, youll likely have to familiarize yourself with it at some pointDarwall is a deontologist. So if youre interested in deontology, the book probably jumps from extremely important to crucial. If you dont know what deontology is, you should do background reading on the topic (at least the Standard Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry) before reading this bookThe more you know of Kant and Fichte, the easier it will be.

Darwall discusses a number of authors but is usually clear enough to make reading those authors not especially required to understand his point. The two exceptions, in my opinion, are Kant and Fichte. I suspect that the ease of getting through the text will be proportional to your knowledge of those two authors ideas specifically.

If you have no knowledge of them whatsoever, I think (but am not certain) that the text could be largely incomprehensibleA lot more can be said here, but not by me. Im happy the book was suggested to me, Im even happier that I read it, and Im still happier that I can move on to other things.



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