Item description for Integrity and Moral Relativism (Philosophy of History and Culture) by Samuel Fleischacker...
Programs of ethical relativism notoriously face two great difficulties: 1) how can they account for our need to make ethical judgements about other groups and individuals with whom we come into conflict? and 2) how can they allow for us to criticize the group, set of desires, etc. to which our ethical norms are said to be relative? Integrity and Moral Relativism develops a moderate version of cultural relativism that can answer these questions. After examining and defending the notion of a "world-picture," and of incommensurable differences across world-pictures, the book brings its theoretical framework together with the history of anthropology to argue that a culture is indeed the appropriate expression of a world picture. It then draws on literary, philosophical and historical resources to illustrate the way in which Western society, specifically, contains traditions distinguishing legitimate cross-cultural judgment, and legitimate from illegitimate cultural self-criticism. As long as there is a language for these possibilities, an individual can see ethics as culturally based without compromising his or her integrity.
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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.5" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1997
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN 9004095268 ISBN13 9789004095267
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More About Samuel Fleischacker
Samuel Fleischacker is Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois, Chicago.
Samuel Fleischacker has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Illinois, Chicago University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.