Philosophy students will enjoy reading Metaethics from a First Person Standpoint. The book is an introduction to moral philosophy, but it is not your traditional textbook. As the title suggests, it is in first person, and the narrator tells a story. Based on the narrator’s inner dialogue, students will learn the complexity of moral philosophy. Plus, Metaethics from a First Person Standpoint clearly communicates the various arguments that philosophers often make on the subject.
Metaethics is not just studying right and wrong, but studying the study of what is right and wrong. What practices are moral or immoral when we determine morality? Is objective moral knowledge possible? And, how do we morally analyze morality? As you can see, these questions can get complicated. Therefore, Metaethics from a First Person Standpoint uses clear, plain language, as if the reader were truly reading a novel. At the same time, the book brings up important philosophy concepts. It engages the reader and opens up thinking exercise after thinking exercise. Eventually, these stories, or lessons, flow into each other, and readers form understanding.
Metaethics from a First Person Standpoint is helpful for first-time philosophy students, as well as professors looking for a fresh way to teach metaethics. In its own innovative way, the book demonstrates the type of critical thinking that philosophers thrive on. Plus, it has students interested in what happens next and reading to the end. The book concludes with a first-person summary to tie up key points succinctly.
About the Author of Metaethics from a First Person Standpoint
Catherine Wilson is the University of York’s anniversary professor of philosophy. She has studied the history of philosophy, moral theory, and aesthetics, all of which she has taught and written about. In addition to Metaethics from a First Person Standpoint, she is the author of A Very Short Introduction to Epicureanism, Moral Animals: Ideals and Constraints in Moral Theory, Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity, and The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Early Modern Europe.