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- DescriptionThe persistence of deep moral disagreements across cultures as well as within them has created widespread scepticism about the objectivity of morality. Moral relativism, moral pessimism, and the denigration of ethics in comparison with science are the results. This book challenges the misconceptions about morality, culture, and objectivity that support these scepticisms, to show that we can take moral disagreement seriously and yet retain our aspirations for moral objectivity. Michele Moody-Adams critically scrutinizes the anthropological evidence commonly used to support moral relativism. Drawing on the relevant anthropological literature, she dismantles the mystical conceptions of culture that underwrite relativism. She demonstrates that cultures are t hermetically sealed from each other, but are rather the product of eclectic mixtures and borrowings rich with contradictions and possibilities for change. The internal complexity of cultures is t only crucial for cultural survival, but will always thwart relativist efforts to confine moral judgments to a single culture. The book aims to change the way we think about relativism and force anthropologists, psychologists, historians, and philosophers alike to reconsider many of their theoretical presuppositions. Moody-Adams also challenges the tion that ethics is methodologically deficient because it does t meet standards set by natural science. She contends that ethics is an interpretive enterprise, t a failed naturalistic one: genuine ethical inquiry, including philosophical ethics, is a species of interpretive ethgraphy. We have reason for moral optimism, Moody-Adams argues. Even the most serious moral disagreements take place against a background of moral agreement, and thus genuine ethical inquiry will be fieldwork in familiar places. Philosophers can contribute to this enterprise, she believes, if they return to a Socratic conception of themselves as members of a community of moral inquirers.
- Author BiographyMichele M. Moody-Adams is Director of the Cornell Program on Ethics and Public Life and Hutchinson Professor of Ethics and Public Life.
- Author(s)Michele M. Moody-Adams
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication07/05/2002
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content NoteIll.
- Weight399 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine16 mm
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