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1.0 out of 5 stars mediocre anthology, awful kindle version, 23 Jan 2014
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This anthology is extremely rich in content, but is sadly narrow in its conception of what counts as ethical theory. It should be called an anthology of analytical moral philosophy, or something like that. I find it extremely disappointing that in such a long anthology (82 chapters) only one type and tradition of ethical theorising is considered: the contemporary Anglo-American analytical tradition. There are some occasional token appearances of past philosophers, and, surprise surprise, they are obviously the usual suspects: Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Hume, Kant and Mill. It would be difficult to put together an anthology less surprising, less conventional and more parochial than this. That in such a long anthology you do not find Epicurus, Seneca and Cicero, that there is no trace of medieval or Christian ethics, that Montaigne, Lipsius, Spinoza, Mandeville, Adam Smith, Diderot and Rousseau do not find a place, that Hegel, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Bradley are not worth being included, that Santayana, Westermark, Spencer, Dewey and Unamuno have nothing to tell us, that no surprise awaits us (Durkheim? Gandhi? Simone Weil? Albert Schweitzer? Walter Kaufmann?), that traditions like phenomenology (Brentano, Scheler, Levinas), existentialism (Heidegger, Sartre), marxism and critical theory (Habermas, Apel, Honneth) are completely ignored… Well taken individually all these omissions are understandable and acceptable, but taken together they show a narrow-mindedness that I find worrying.
On top of this the Kindle version is quite simply crap. How on hearth is it possible that an expert publisher like Blackwell produces a Kindle version of an anthology like this, where the table of contents does not even mention the authors of the excerpts! And this is only the most absurd feature of the Kindle version. Whoever is responsible for having produced it should be fired as thoroughly incompetent.
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Ethical Theory: An Anthology (Blackwell Philosophy Anthologies)
Ethical Theory: An Anthology (Blackwell Philosophy Anthologies) by Russ Shafer-Landau (Paperback - 6 July 2012)
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