Review Essay - Exemplarist Moral Theory

Alan Wilson, Lani Watson

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This review essay provides a critical discussion of Linda Zagzebski's Exemplarist Moral Theory (2017). Having provided a summary of the text, we then argue that moral exemplarism faces some important challenges, firstly, in dealing with the fallibility of admiration, which plays a central role in the theoretical framework, and secondly, in serving as a practical guide for moral development. However, despite these worries, we suggest that Exemplarist Moral Theory offers a rich discussion of topics that will be of interest to philosophers with a range of interests, including ethical theory, moral psychology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of religion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)755-768
JournalJournal of Moral Philosophy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


  • exemplarism
  • exemplarist moral theory
  • Admiration
  • virtue ethics
  • character education
  • Emulation
  • Zagzebski


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