Book Review. Marcus Arvan . Rightness as Fairness: A Moral and Political Theory. [Book Review]

Ethics 128:230-235. (2017)
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Marcus Arvan’s Rightness as Fairness is a highly ambitious book. In fewer than 230 pages, Arvan hopes to demonstrate that we ought to evaluate moral theories in a similar manner to the sciences, that existing moral theories fall short on that evaluation, that moral normativity reduces to instrumental rationality, and that a new theory of rightness as fairness meets the scientific evaluative standards better than any of the alternatives. I’m afraid I was unconvinced that we should abandon our preferred moral theories in favor of rightness as fairness.



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