Despite the major disagreements with Aristotle, this book agrees with him in allowing for the possibility of nonreductive and objective value judgments. But it argues that such judgments have to be made in a more qualified manner than has previously been acknowledged, and this leads to a much richer and more complex picture of ethical values than we have from Aristotle. But such a picture could in all probability only have arisen in the more complex world we now inhabit—where issues of individual rights vs. collective welfare, ethnic and religious pluralism within societies, international conflicts, and feminist thinking all generate philosophical questions and difficulties that were harder to recognize in earlier times.
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