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Erewhon: review of The Birth of Ethics, by Philip Pettit

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The Birth of Ethics is a remarkably ambitious and innovative work by one of Australia’s most eminent philosophers. It is the full-length statement of an argument originally set out in Philip Pettit’s 2015 Berkeley Tanner Lectures on Human Values. The aim of the book is to ‘offer an account of ethics … that makes sense of how we come to be an ethical species’. The extraordinary intellectual creativity of this book has to be understood in the context of the historical currents it opposes and the way it attempts to shift the ground of the debate.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Neil, D. (2019). Erewhon: review of The Birth of Ethics, by Philip Pettit. Australian Book Review, 1 (411), 47-48.

Number Of Pages


  • 1

Start Page


  • 47

End Page


  • 48

Volume


  • 1

Issue


  • 411

Place Of Publication


  • Melbourne, Victoria

Abstract


  • The Birth of Ethics is a remarkably ambitious and innovative work by one of Australia’s most eminent philosophers. It is the full-length statement of an argument originally set out in Philip Pettit’s 2015 Berkeley Tanner Lectures on Human Values. The aim of the book is to ‘offer an account of ethics … that makes sense of how we come to be an ethical species’. The extraordinary intellectual creativity of this book has to be understood in the context of the historical currents it opposes and the way it attempts to shift the ground of the debate.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Neil, D. (2019). Erewhon: review of The Birth of Ethics, by Philip Pettit. Australian Book Review, 1 (411), 47-48.

Number Of Pages


  • 1

Start Page


  • 47

End Page


  • 48

Volume


  • 1

Issue


  • 411

Place Of Publication


  • Melbourne, Victoria