Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 251–253 | Cite as

Matti Eklund: Choosing Normative Concepts

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. Hardback (ISBN 978-0-19-871782-9) € 45,12. 240 pp.
  • Sebastian KöhlerEmail author

Unsurprisingly, Choosing Normative Concepts investigates normative concepts. What is distinctive about the book, though, is that it is not so much concerned with our actual normative concepts. Instead, it is concerned with the question what the space of possibilitiesis concerning normative concepts and what implications different sorts of possibilities might have. As such, this is not so much a book with a clear argumentative agenda for a specific view, but a book that systematically explores conceptual space. However, there is one unifying theme that goes through most parts of this investigation. This is what would be required for a view Eklund calls “Ardent Realism,” how the truth might fall short of this view and what that it would mean for the truth to fall short of it. Even after reading the book, it is, actually, quite hard to state precisely what characterizes Ardent Realism. The intuitive idea behind it, though, is this (and the book sharpens this idea somewhat by...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Frankfurt School of Finance & ManagementFrankfurtGermany

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