The New York Review of Books has a Thomas Nagel review of a new book by Kwame Anthony Appiah: An ideal that cannot be implemented is futile. The question is, how much of a drag on moral ideals should be exercised by the stubborn facts of human psychology? How far can moral ideals ask us to transcend our self-centered human dispositions without becoming unrealistically utopian? As Appiah says, Some aspects of human nature have to be taken as given in normative theorizing..., but to take us exactly as we are would involve giving up ideals altogether. So when should we ignore, and when insist on, human nature? I would suggest that to idealize in this context is not to ignore human nature but to regard it,
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