The Lewd, the Rude and the Nasty
A Study of Thick Concepts in Ethics
Reviews and Awards
"Väyrynen provides a thorough and genuinely readable introduction to the philosophical significance of thick concepts, their relation to thin concepts and the separability of their components. He tells us" - in a fashion that does justice to the ambitions of his predecessors
"[This book is] not just good, but superb." - Matthew S. Bedke, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"Using the resources of linguistics and the philosophy of language, [Vayrynen] provides a cautious and thorough analysis f how thick terms function in the communicative enterprise. The result is a novel view of the evaluative contents of thick terms and concepts that dislodges them from the semantic content. Vayrynen's analysis undermines much of the philosophical significance historically attributed to thick terms. Consequently, it will be necessary reading for anyone working with the 'thick' in ethics or in the philosophy of language. Highly recommended." - A.L. Morton, CHOICE
""...articulates and defends a novel view of thick concepts extremely carefully and rigorously...makes considerable advances not only in the thick concepts debate but in metaethics and metanormative philosophy in general. " -Debbie Roberts, Ethics "