Lisa Tessman’s Moral Failure: On the Impossible Demands of Morality

There’s a nice book review of Tessman’s book.  This paragraph really grabbed me and it inclined me to read the book when I get a chance:

Tessman’s thesis is that there are some things that morality requires us to do but that we just cannot do. Morality is fundamentally tragic. That parent in the drawing is trying to protect her kids, but there are some harms from which you simply cannot protect your kids. Yet you still have to. The purpose of this book is not to explain away these troubling binds, but rather to embrace them, in a kind of clear-eyed moral pessimism. If Tessman is right, life is marked by “unavoidable moral failures from which there can be no recovery and in which there is no redeeming value” (p. 3).

Check out the rest of the review here. 

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I am an assistant professor (LTR) at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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