Fieldwork In Familiar Places / Edition 1

Fieldwork In Familiar Places / Edition 1

by Michele M. Moody-Adams
     
 

The persistence of deep moral disagreements has created widespread skepticism about the objectivity of morality. Moral relativism, moral pessimism, and the denigration of ethics in comparison with science are the results. Michele Moody-Adams scrutinizes the anthropological evidence commonly used to support moral relativism, and finds that the internal complexity of… See more details below

Overview

The persistence of deep moral disagreements has created widespread skepticism about the objectivity of morality. Moral relativism, moral pessimism, and the denigration of ethics in comparison with science are the results. Michele Moody-Adams scrutinizes the anthropological evidence commonly used to support moral relativism, and finds that the internal complexity of cultures will always thwart efforts to confine moral judgments to a single culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674007949
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
0.57(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Meet the Author

Michele M. Moody-Adams is Director of the Cornell Program on Ethics and Public Life and Hutchinson Professor of Ethics and Public Life.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Taking Disagreement Seriously

Mapping the Relativist Domain

Relativism, Ethnocentrism, and the Decline of Moral Confidence

The Empirical Underdetermination of Descriptive Cultural Relativism

Cultural Authority, Cultural Complexity, and the Doctrine of Cultural Integration

The Perspicuous "Other": Relativism "Grown Tame and Sleek"

The Use and Abuse of History

History, Ethnography, and the Blurring of Cultural Boundaries

Relativism as a "Kind of Historiography"?

Moral Debate, Conceptual Space, and the Relativism of Distance

Plus ca change...:The Myths of Moral Invention and Discovery

Morality and Its Discontents

On the Supposed Inevitability of Rationally Irresolvable Moral Conflict

Pluralism, Conflict, and Choice

On the Alleged Methodological Infirmity of Moral Inquiry

Does Pessimism about Moral Conflict Rest on a Mistake?

Moral Inquiry and the Moral Life

Moral Inquiry as an Interpretive Enterprise

The Interpretive Turn and the Challenge of "AntiTheory"

A Pyrrhic Victory?

Objectivity and the Aspirations of Moral Inquiry

Morality and Culture through Thick and Thin

The Need for Thick Descriptions of Moral Inquiry

Moral Conflict, Moral Confidence, and Moral Openness toward the Future

Critical Pluralism, Cultural Difference, and the Boundaries of Cross-Cultural Respect

The Strange Career of "Culture"

Epilogue

Notes

Works Cited

Index

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