Morality and Metaphysics

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Charles Larmore, Morality and Metaphysics, Cambridge University Press, 2021, 238pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781108472340.

Reviewed by Karl Schafer, University of Texas at Austin

Charles Larmore’s book weaves together several essays to develop an account of the foundations of morality and normativity. Along the way, it includes insightful discussions of the relationship between morality and interpretation, how this gives rise to a distinctive “ethics of reading”, the nature of duties to the self, and the limits of self-knowledge. But I think it is fair to say that the focus of the book is Larmore’s distinctive and important views about the proper approach to foundational questions about normativity, which he takes to be importantly different from those inspired by Hume (on the one hand) and Kant (on the other).

Like many philosophers in recent years, Larmore approaches such broadly metaethical questions from a perspective that is…

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