Brian Feltham and John Cottingham (eds.), Partiality and Impartiality: Morality, Special Relationships, and The Wider World , (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), 258 pages. ISBN: 9780199579952 (hbk.). Hardback: £40.00. It is a popular view that impartiality is the defining feature of morality. In other words, what differentiates the moral point of view from the non-moral point of view is impartiality. However, if we endorse the impartial understanding of morality and insist on the impartial treatment of our family and friends, we can come to some counterintuitive conclusions. As Thomas Nagel argues in his book, Equality and Partiality (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991), the impartial and the partial standpoints are both essential to our moral life. This edited volume includes ten articles on partiality and impartiality. As Feltham explains in the Introduction, the contrast between partiality and impartiality is not only present in our daily life, but also motivated the development of ethical reasoning in the history of philosophy. This book represents the most recent scholarship on the issue. Most chapters of the book discuss various reasons to be partial. In the first chapter, Brad Hooker makes a distinction between the impartial application of moral rules, the impartial
Journal of Moral Philosophy – Brill
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