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In everyday reasoning just as in science and art knowledge is acquired more by doing than with long analyses. What do we do when we dis- cover something new How can we dene and explore the pattern of this reasoning traditionally called synthetic Following in the steps of classic pragmatists especially C.S. Peirce Giovanni Maddalenas Philosophy of Gesture revolutionizes the pattern of synthesis through the ideas of change and continuity and proposes gesture as a new tool for synthesis. Dening gesture as an action with a beginning and an end that carries on a meaning Maddalena explains that it is a dense blending of all kinds of phenomena feelings and vague ideas actual ac- tions habits of actions and of signs icons indexes and symbols. When the blending of phenomena and signs is densest the gesture is complete and its power of introducing something new in knowledge is at its highest level. Examples of complete gestures are religious liturgies public and private rites public and private actions that establish an identity artistic performances and hypothesizing experiments. A departure from a traditional Kantian framework for understanding the nature and function of reason The Philosophy of Gesture proposes an approach that is more attuned with our ordinary way of reasoning and of apprehending new knowledge. Giovanni Maddalena is professor of philosophy at the University of Molise. Moral diversity is a fundamental reality of todays world but moral theorists have difculty responding to it. Some take it as evidence for skepticism the view that there are no moral truths. Others associating moral reasoning with the search for overarching principles and unifying values see it as the result of error. In the former case moral reasoning is useless since values express individual preferences in the latter our reasoning process is dra- matically at odds with our lived experience. Moral Reasoning in a Pluralistic World takes a different approach pro- posing an alternative way of thinking about moral reasoning and progress by showing how diversity and disagreement are compatible with theorizing and justication. Patricia Marino demonstrates that instead of being evidence for skepticism and error moral disagreements often arise because we value things pluralistically. This means that although people share multiple values such as fairness honesty loyalty and benevolence we interpret and priori- tize those values in various ways. Given this pluralistic evaluation process preferences for unied single-principle theories are not justied. Focusing on nding moral compromises prioritizing conicting values and judging consistently from one case to another Marino elaborates her ideas in terms of real-life dilemmas arguing that the moral complexity and conict we so often encounter can be part of fruitful and logical moral reection. Aiming to draw new connections and bridge the gap between theoretical ethics and applied ethics Moral Reasoning in a Pluralistic World offers a sophisticated set of philosophical arguments on moral reasoning and plural- ism with real world applications. Patricia Marino is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Waterloo. 2 2 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 5 S P E C I F I C AT I O N S October 2015 978-0-7735-4615-8 29.95A CDN 27.95A US 18.99 paper 978-0-7735-4614-1 100.00S CDN 100.00S US 69.00 cloth 6 x 9 216pp Ebook available S P E C I F I C AT I O N S November 2015 978-0-7735-4613-4 34.95A CDN 34.95A US 23.99 paper 978-0-7735-4612-7 100.00S CDN 100.00S US 69.00 cloth 6 x 9 208pp Ebook available The Philosophy of Gesture Completing Pragmatists Incomplete Revolution giovanni maddalena Foreword by Fernando Zalamea A revolutionary pragmatist account of creativity and synthetic reasoning that relies upon gesture an action that carries on meaning. P H I L O S O P H Y Moral Reasoning in a Pluralistic World patricia marino Bringing abstract moral theory to bear on the diversity of cultures and outlooks fundamental to todays world. P H I L O S O P H Y