Book Review: Ethical Formation: Practical Reason and the Socially Constituted Subject

Book Review: Ethical Formation: Practical Reason and the Socially Constituted Subject 118 J OURNAL OF M ORAL P HILOSOPHY 1.1 (2004) © The Continuum Publishing Group Ltd 2004. What Makes Us Think? is an accessible introduction to neuroscience, evolution theory, and the relationship of minds and bodies. There is less to be learned, how- ever, about moral philosophy, religion, violence, and the other subjects discussed in the later chapters. Changeux is the more direct and clear writer. Readers unfamiliar with Ricoeur’s works will find his subtle answers difficult and obtuse. However, readers who are familiar with his works will appreciate his summaries and clarifi- cations of, in particular, his views on moral philosophy and religious language. Ulti- mately, the lasting impression of this exchange is its exceedingly stiff and stilted tone and style. Changeux and Ricoeur would have done their readers a service if they had scripted their answers less, asked each other more questions, and engaged each other in real, not staged, dialogue. Above all, the same differences that sepa- rated the two at the start of the debate remain at the end of it. David M. Kaplan Polytechnic University, Brooklyn dkaplan@duke.poly.edu Sabina Lovibond, Ethical Formation: Practical Reason and the Socially Constituted Subject (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Moral Philosophy Brill

Book Review: Ethical Formation: Practical Reason and the Socially Constituted Subject

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Publisher
BRILL
Copyright
© 2004 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1740-4681
eISSN
1745-5243
D.O.I.
10.1177/174046810400100113
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118 J OURNAL OF M ORAL P HILOSOPHY 1.1 (2004) © The Continuum Publishing Group Ltd 2004. What Makes Us Think? is an accessible introduction to neuroscience, evolution theory, and the relationship of minds and bodies. There is less to be learned, how- ever, about moral philosophy, religion, violence, and the other subjects discussed in the later chapters. Changeux is the more direct and clear writer. Readers unfamiliar with Ricoeur’s works will find his subtle answers difficult and obtuse. However, readers who are familiar with his works will appreciate his summaries and clarifi- cations of, in particular, his views on moral philosophy and religious language. Ulti- mately, the lasting impression of this exchange is its exceedingly stiff and stilted tone and style. Changeux and Ricoeur would have done their readers a service if they had scripted their answers less, asked each other more questions, and engaged each other in real, not staged, dialogue. Above all, the same differences that sepa- rated the two at the start of the debate remain at the end of it. David M. Kaplan Polytechnic University, Brooklyn dkaplan@duke.poly.edu Sabina Lovibond, Ethical Formation: Practical Reason and the Socially Constituted Subject (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press,

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Journal of Moral PhilosophyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2004

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