Lecture Notes on moral relativism

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Phil 1050 Introduction to Philosophy Spring 2009-3-3 Lecture Notes on David Wong’s relativism Part I Differences between meta-ethical relativism, normative moral relativism, moral universalism, and moral absolutism (1) Meta-ethical relativism: There is no universal moral truth. (2) Normative moral relativism: It is wrong to pass judgment on others who have substantially different values, or to try to make them conform to one’s values, for the reason that their values are as valid as one’s own. (3) Moral universalism: Both sides of a moral conflict cannot be equally right, that there can be only one truth about the matter at issue. (4) Moral absolutism: It not only refers to the denial of moral relativism but also to the view that come moral rules or duties are absolutely without exception. Part II David Wong: moderate moral relativism (1) He argues that the relativist argument is best conducted by pointing to particular
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Unformatted text preview: kinds of differences in moral belief, and then by claiming that these particular differences are best explained under a theory that denies the existence of a single true morality. (2) The function of morality: Morality serves two universal human needs. It regulates conflicts of interest between people, and it regulates conflicts of interest within the individual born of different desires and drives that cannot all be satisfied at the same time. (3) Moderate moral relativism: we can pass judgment on others with substantially different values. Even if these different values are as justified as our own from some neutral perspective. (4) Response to the critique of moral relativism. Critique: (1) tendency toward nihilism (2) One’s moral confidence, one’s commitment to act on one’s values, is somehow dependent on maintaining the belief that one’s morality is the only true or the most justified one....
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