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Susan Wolf
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Contemporary moral philosophers often divide moral theories into three main types: consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics. In Finite and Infinite Goods, Robert Merrihew Adams presents an ethical framework that fits none of these categories. It is founded on a fundamental commitment to the idea that there is a Transcendent Good, to be understood philosophically in realist, non-naturalist terms. As I prefer to put it, Adams starts with a conviction that we live in a World of Goods. In developing and elaborating a perspective on ethics built around this conviction, Adams shows his appreciation of the traditions to which his ethical framework is an alternative, his sensitivity to human psychology, and his embrace of a diversity of values. The result is one of the most original and profound books on ethics I have seen in decades.
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy  Philosophy of Mind
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DOI ppr200264222
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