Intricate Ethics: Rights, Responsibilities, and Permissable Harm
“Reading F.M. Kamm’s latest book is like watching a brilliant astronomer map an uncharted galaxy-the meticulousness and the display of mental stamina must inspire awe. There is a kind of beauty in the performance alone. Intricate Ethics is a major event in normative ethical theory by a living master of the subject. . . . In the end, professional moral philosophers cannot reasonably ignore Intricate Ethics. . . . Kamm continues to prove herself the most imaginative, detail-oriented deontologist writing in English today. . . Professor Kamm is in a class by herself.” -Jeffrey Brand-Ballard, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews “The operative word in this masterful work is ‘intricate.’ Watching Kamm’s mind dissect and reconstruct different cases is like watching a juggler, riding a unicycle, carrying on a conversation, while getting dressed. It is a glorious celebration of what moral philosophy does best, and what one of its most gifted practitioners can do to enlighten our understanding of the most pressing ethical issues of our time. But it is also a rich playground for empirically minded philosophers and psychologists who want to play with the clever class of dilemmas that Kamm has created, dilemmas that will both amuse and torture generations of people.” -Marc Hauser is a Harvard College Professor and author of “Moral Minds” “Frances Kamm once again proves herself to be an astonishingly subtle and creative defender of a deontological outlook. Anyone at all interested in normative ethics will find something of value in Intricate Ethics. There are striking and original views on a wide range of topics. And no one-absolutely no one-compares to Kamm when it comes to constructing relevant test cases and carefully assessing our intuitive reactions to them. This is a master at work, at the height of her powers.”-Shelly Kagan, Clark Professor of Philosophy, Yale University “Intricate Ethics fully justifies its title. It is