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Overview

Can moral disagreements be rationally resolved? Can universal human rights be defended in face of moral disagreements?
The problem of moral disagreement is one of the central problems in moral thinking. It also provides a stimulating stepping-stone to some of the perennial problems of philosophy, such as relativism, scepticism, and objectivity. Moral Disagreements is the first anthology to bring together classic and contemporary readings on this key topic. Clearly divided into five parts; The Historical Debate; Voices from Anthropology; Challenges to Moral Objectivity; Defenses of Moral Objectivity; and New Directions, the anthology presents readings from the following key thinkers:
* Sextus, Empiricus, Chagnon, Wong, MacIntyre
* Aquinas, Shweder, Brink, Rawls
* Montaigne, Turner, Nussbaum, Narayan
* Hume, Mackie, Gewirth
* Nietzsche, Williams, Berlin.
A distinctive feature of the anthology is that it brings philosophers into dialogue with well-known anthropologists. Also included is a comprehensive introduction by Christopher Gowans, introducing the problem of moral disagreement to those coming to the topic for the first time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415217125
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/31/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: debates about moral disagreements 1
Pt. I The historical debate 45
1 Outlines of scepticism 47
2 Natural law and moral disagreements 55
3 Renaissance skepticism 64
4 A dialogue 73
5 Beyond good and evil 81
Pt. II Some voices from anthropology 89
6 Yanomamo: the last days of Eden 91
7 The astonishment of anthropology 102
8 Human rights, human difference: anthropology's contribution to an emancipatory cultural politics 113
Pt. III Challenges to moral objectivity 125
9 The argument from relativity 127
10 Knowledge, science, convergence 130
11 Moral relativity and tolerance 141
Pt. IV Defenses of moral objectivity 155
12 Moral disagreement 157
13 Non-relative virtues: an Aristotelian approach 168
14 Is cultural pluralism relevant to moral knowledge? 180
Pt. V New directions 191
15 The pursuit of the ideal 193
16 The rationality of traditions 204
17 Political liberalism and the idea of an overlapping consensus 217
18 Essence of culture and a sense of history: a feminist critique of cultural essentialism 229
Bibliography 242
Index 261
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