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Marcus Arvan, Neurofunctional Prudence and Morality: A Philosophical Theory

In: Journal of Moral Philosophy
Author: Gregory Robson1
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  • 1 Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Iowa State University, Ames, ia, United States, grobson@iastate.edu
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Marcus Arvan’s Neurofunctional Prudence and Morality (henceforth, “npm”) is a stimulating book that will be valuable for readers interested in (a) the perennial question whether being moral is in one’s long-term self-interest and (b) the recent question how an answer to (a) might be informed by neuroscientific research. A central, two-part claim of npm is that morality (in the sense of other-regard) derives from prudence (in the sense of wisely pursued self-interest) and that recent neuroscience lends support to this derivation. The book’s five chapters cover neuroscience, prudence, the claimed derivation of morality from

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