(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 160 pages. isbn: 0199688850 (hbk.). Hardback/Paperback: $55.00/–.In 2006, Michael Zimmerman published an underappreciated paper on the nature of moral obligation in which he argued that our moral obligations depend, not on the facts or our beliefs, but on the evidence available to us (see “Is Moral Obligation Objective or Subjective?” Utilitas 18, 2006, pp. 329–361). Two years later, he published a lengthy book in which he argued more thoroughly for the same conclusion (see Living with Uncertainty: The Moral Significance of Ignorance, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)). In Ignorance and Moral Obligation, Zimmerman returns to the central question of those works to respond to objections that have been brought against the views he presented therein. Though not without its weaknesses, Zimmerman’s new book is the most thorough defense of what has come to be known as the Prospective View of moral obligation and as such is a must-read for those working in normative ethics narrowly construed.Ignorance and Moral Obligation is composed of five chapters. In the first, Zimmerman poses the book’s central question, “What ought one to do when one doesn’t know which of one’s options is best?” (p. 10), where ‘ought’ is supposed
Journal of Moral Philosophy – Brill
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