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Book Review: Exemplarist Moral Theory

Book Review: Exemplarist Moral Theory ATR/100.2 Book Reviews 457 practice, then Being Christian is well worth the time and Williams excels as a perceptive spiritual guide. Eric C. Carter Loma Linda University Loma Linda, California Exemplarist Moral Theory. By Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. vii + 274 pp. $69.00 (cloth). Zagzebski is a Christian philosopher in the analytic tradition, well known for her work in epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of religion. An expanded version of her 2015 Gifford Lectures at the University of St. Andrews, Exem- plarist Moral Theory puts forward an intriguing approach to explain how we recognize and appreciate moral goodness. Perhaps the best way in is to begin at the end, on the final page of the main text (p. 235). The first sentence of the penultimate paragraph acknowledges that for many years “philosophy has focused on topics that are deflating to the spirit or merely puzzling to the mind, and the results have often been uninspiring and tedious.” But the con- cluding lines of the final paragraph return to a figure who has been discussed previously, namely Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche and advocate for the mentally handicapped: “Vanier has spent the greater part of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anglican Theological Review SAGE

Book Review: Exemplarist Moral Theory

Anglican Theological Review , Volume 100 (2): 1 – Aug 25, 2021

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ATR/100.2 Book Reviews 457 practice, then Being Christian is well worth the time and Williams excels as a perceptive spiritual guide. Eric C. Carter Loma Linda University Loma Linda, California Exemplarist Moral Theory. By Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. vii + 274 pp. $69.00 (cloth). Zagzebski is a Christian philosopher in the analytic tradition, well known for her work in epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of religion. An expanded version of her 2015 Gifford Lectures at the University of St. Andrews, Exem- plarist Moral Theory puts forward an intriguing approach to explain how we recognize and appreciate moral goodness. Perhaps the best way in is to begin at the end, on the final page of the main text (p. 235). The first sentence of the penultimate paragraph acknowledges that for many years “philosophy has focused on topics that are deflating to the spirit or merely puzzling to the mind, and the results have often been uninspiring and tedious.” But the con- cluding lines of the final paragraph return to a figure who has been discussed previously, namely Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche and advocate for the mentally handicapped: “Vanier has spent the greater part of

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Published: Aug 25, 2021

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