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Moral relativism : a reader

Responsibility edited by Paul K. Moser, Thomas L. Carson
Material Type Book
Publisher New York : Oxford University Press
Year 2001
Language English
Size ix, 337 p. ; 24 cm
Abstract Are all moral truths 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 phil...sophers 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 Reader can 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. show more


: pbk Central Library 4C_1‐135 015212000012788 Z 10/M/23 2001
: pbk Social and Cultural Studies 050212003001972 150/Mo 81 2001

Bibliographic details

Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 327-332) and index
Authors Moser, Paul K., 1957-
Carson, Thomas L., 1950-
Subjects LCSH:Ethical relativism
Classification NDC9:151
ID 1000679797
ISBN 0195131304
NCID BA4860204X
Vol : pbk ; ISBN:0195131304
Created Date 2009.09.15
Modified Date 2009.09.16

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