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Natural Moralities: A Defense of Pluralistic Relativism

David B. Wong

Abstract

To be called a relativist, especially a moral relativist, is to be condemned as someone who holds that “anything goes”. Frequently the term is part of a dichotomy: either accept relativism or accept universalism: the view that only one true morality exists. This book defends a new version of relativism that is both an alternative to, and fits between, universalism and relativism as usually defined. Pluralistic relativism does accord with one aspect of relativism as usually defined: there is no single true morality. Beyond that, it is argued that there can be a plurality of true moralities, mor ... More

Keywords: Chinese philosophy, comparative, evolutionary theory, moralities, naturalistic, pluralism, psychology, relativism, universalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195305395
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195305396.001.0001

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David B. Wong, author
Duke University
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