[ JMP 2.2 (2005) 243-256] DOI: 10.1177/1740468105054343 © 2005 SAGE Publications (London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi) Book Reviews Peter Railton, Facts, Values, and Norms: Essays toward a Morality of Consequence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003). 388 pp. ISBN 0521426936 (pbk). Hardback/Paperback. £60.00/£21.99. Peter Railton has been manning the barricades of ethical naturalism for close to two decades now, and the present text brings together several of his most important essays on the topic. Although the collected articles here touch on diverse subjects, we can view them as part of the grand project of ethical naturalism: to situate values in nature. The text is divided into three parts: ‘Realism about Value and Morality’, ‘Normative Moral Theory’ and ‘The Authority of Ethics and Value—The Problem of Normativity’. In what follows I focus primarily on the first section and gloss the other two. Railton characterizes his project in this first section as follows: ‘I attempt to develop a “naturalistic” approach to intrinsic value (including intrinsic aesthetic value) that would enable us to see how claims about objectivity could be well- founded and could support a critical evaluative practice’ (p. xiv). He begins where many contemporary ethical naturalists feel compelled
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