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Noncognitivism in Ethics is the best introduction to noncognitivism and to the complex philosophical issues it generates that I have seen. It is written with teaching in mind. While the discussion is advanced enough to maintain the interest of even a professional reader, it presupposes very little. Schroeder always takes care to explain the point of any philosophical technique that might otherwise put off newcomers.
Noncognitivism in Ethics combines sparkling clear presentation and balanced critical assessment with extremely thoughtful and well-crafted sets of exercises that accompany each chapter. This is an ideal book for undergraduates beginning serious study of metaethics, while the more advanced exercises and masterful overview of the challenges confronting noncognitivist views also make this a perfect text for graduate seminars.
It would be easy for those familiar with the quality of [Schroeder’s] body of work to simply take for granted that this latest would follow suit. But we should not. For other than the shared idea that moral language and thought differ in kind from nonmoral language and thought, noncognitivist theories share little else, and their respective challenges and possibilities often differ markedly. Add that much of the noncognitivist literature is highly-specialized and technical and that Schroeder’s book is, nevertheless, intended to be both beginner- as well as researcher-friendly, and the confluence of tasks Schroeder has set for himself with this book are demanding. That Schroeder pulls it off is an achievement.
Last updated 9.2.2017.