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Moral Relativism

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Are all moral beliefs and systems relative or do certain moral truths hold for all cultures and people? In Moral Relativism: A Reader this and related questions are addressed by twenty-one contemporary moral philosophers and thinkers. The engaging and non-technical...


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Are all moral beliefs and systems relative or do certain moral truths hold for all cultures and people? In Moral Relativism: A Reader this and related questions are addressed by twenty-one contemporary moral philosophers and thinkers. The engaging and non-technical selections are accessible to anyone interested in this pressing dilemma. The book is organized into six main topics: (1) General Issues; (2) Relativism and Moral Diversity; (3) On the Coherence of Moral Relativism; (4) Defense and Criticism; (5) Relativism, Realism, and Rationality; and (6) Case Study on Relativism. Contributors include Ruth Benedict, Philippa Foot, Thomas Nagel, Martha Nussbaum, and T.M. Scanlon, among others. The volume concludes with a case study on female circumcision/genital mutilation that vividly brings into focus the practical aspects and implications of moral relativism.
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Are all moral truths relative or do certain moral truths hold for all cultures and people? InMoral Relativism: A Reader, this and related questions are addressed by twenty-one contemporary moral philosophers and thinkers. This engaging and nontechnical anthology, the only up-to-date collection devoted solely to the topic of moral relativism, is accessible to a wide range of readers including undergraduate students from various disciplines. The selections are organized under six main topics: (1) General Issues; (2) Relativism and Moral Diversity; (3) On the Coherence of Moral Relativism; (4) Defense and Criticism; (5) Relativism, Realism, and Rationality; and (6) Case Study on Relativism. Contributors include Ruth Benedict, Richard Brandt, Thomas L. Carson, Philippa Foot, Gordon Graham, Gilbert Harman, Loretta M. Kopelman, David Lyons, J. L. Mackie, Michele Moody-Adams, Paul K. Moser, Thomas Nagel, Martha Nussbaum, Karl Popper, Betsy Postow, James Rachels, W. D. Ross, T. M. Scanlon, William Graham Sumner, and Carl Wellman. The volume concludes with a case study on female circumcision/genital mutilation that vividly brings into focus the practical aspects and implications of moral relativism.
An ideal primary text for courses in moral relativism,Moral Relativism: A Readercan also be used as a supplementary text for introductory courses in ethics and for courses in various disciplines--anthropology, sociology, theology, political science, and cultural studies--that discuss relativism. The volume's pedagogical and research value is enhanced by a topical bibliography on moral relativism and a substantial general introduction that includes explanatory summaries of the twenty selections.

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