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Book Name: The Elements of Moral philosophy by James Rachels ( 4th...

Book Name: The Elements of Moral philosophy by James Rachels ( 4th or 5th edition)


The Minimum Conception of Morality

1) What is the "minimum conception of morality", and what support can be given for it?

 

Cultural Relativism

 

2) Discuss Cultural Relativism (CR) - what is it, how is it argued for, and what are the weaknesses of these arguments?  What are the consequences of taking CR seriously? How does Rachels argue that there is less disagreement than it seems, and that all cultures have some values in common?

 

Subjectivism

 

3) What is the basic idea behind Subjectivism? Provide an account of Simple Subjectivism, and state 2 of the most prominent objections to Simple Subjectivism.


4) How does Emotivism differ from Simple Subjectivism? How does Emotivism avoid the difficulties facing Simple Subjectivism? 


5) Discuss how Emotivism is flawed with respect to its account of moral reasons/judgment.

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