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Muskingum College professor's book on pragmatism and ethical theory released by Vanderbilt University Press

APRIL 18, 2003 - Making Morality: Pragmatist Reconstruction in Ethical Theory by Dr. Todd Lekan, associate professor of philosophy at Muskingum College, has been released by Vanderbilt University Press.

In the book, which has been described as a "new contribution to moral theory," Dr. Lekan argues for a pragmatist conception of morality as an evolving, educational and fallible practice of every day life.

Drawing on the work of John Dewey, Dr. Lekan asserts that moral norms are neither timeless truths nor subjective whims, but habits transmitted through practice.
Like the habits that make up medicine or engineering, moral habits are subject to rational evaluation and change, according to new challenges and circumstances.

Dr. Lekan joined the Muskingum College faculty in 1996. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Ohio State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Making Morality is available at www.vanderbilt.edu/vupress.