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New Perspectives on Moral Change: Anthropologists and Philosophers Engage with Transformations of Life Worlds

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New Perspectives on Moral Change

Anthropologists and Philosophers Engage with Transformations of Life Worlds

Edited by Cecilie Eriksen and Nora Hämäläinen

244 pages, 1 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-597-2 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (August 2022)

eISBN 978-1-80073-598-9 eBook

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“An original and far-reaching work that will excite both students and senior scholars, attracting a wide readership within and beyond anthropology and moral philosophy and prompting lively debate across multiple fields and specialisms.” • Susan Bayly, University of Cambridge

“This volume is a valuable collection of texts around the undertheorized and crucial notion of moral change, which brings together anthropologists of ethics and moral philosophers. Such a book is needed and it would naturally find its place in the growing literature in the field of morality.” • Monica Heintz, Université Paris Nanterre


The world we live in is constantly changing. Climate change, transforming gender conceptions, emerging issues of food consumption, novel forms of family life and technological developments are altering central areas of our forms of life. This raises questions of how to cope with and understand the moral changes implicit in such alterations. This volume is the first to address moral change as such. It brings together anthropologists and philosophers to discuss how to study and theorize the change of norms, concepts, emotions, moral frameworks and forms of personhood.

Cecilie Eriksen is special consultant at National Center of Ethics, The Ministry of Health, Denmark. She is the author of Moral Change – Dynamics, Structure and Normativity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). She has further published on Wittgenstein and Løgstrup as well as  co-edited and contributed to volumes on topics such as law and legitimacy, modern work life, and contextual ethics.

Nora Hämäläinen is senior researcher at the Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic and the author of Literature and Moral Theory (Bloomsbury, 2015) and Descriptive Ethics: What does Moral Philosophy Know about Morality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Subject: Anthropology (General)Anthropology of Religion


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