✓ Read Ã The Emotional Construction of Morals by Jesse J. Prinz Ë Jesse Prinz is probably one of the most frustrating people for me to read, for the same reason Robert Cray is the hardest guitarist for me to listen to as I work through the manuscript, I m struck simultaneously by aspiration and desperation.
This is Prinz s full length stab at metaethics and really the best book length articulation of the developing constructivist programme As is Prinz s style, it s thick with moves through the cognitive scientific literature, and gestures to contemporary and historical philosophical literature This makes it a really rich and thorough overview, but probably not the best introduction to the constructivist view for those who are unfamiliar It is, however, a good piece of writing for those familiar with and writing on the c Contentious but tautly argued and packed with illustration Essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in ethics The critique of Aristotle s theory of the golden mean is particularly cogent.
An excellent, thorough going, and rigorous defense of a sensibility theory of morality It s one of the best defenses of moral relativism that I ve read The sections on moral judgment and hidden indexicals, genealogy, and the limitations of evolutionary approaches to morality are particularly good, I think The discussion of moral progress from a relativist standpoint is also notable Prinz s The Emotional Construction of Morals will be of interest to a wide range of scholars in academic philosophy including specialists in meta ethics, the science of morality, Hume, and Nietzsche General readers will find it accessible, although they may find some of thetechnical discussions found in some sections difficult e.
g sections on objectivity, meaning of moral judgments.
Jesse s endeavour is a tour the force He goes on point by point, objection by objection, author by author with responses with creative insights and profound knowledge It s commendable to see this kind of rigorous work in academia, in an age we re surrounded by nonsense and not rigorous postmodern thought His writing is clear, engaging and thought through.
The overall resulting theory is cogent, although yet not perfectly polished.
Hume is alive and kicking.