Moral Universalism and Pluralism: NOMOS XLIX

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Overview

Moral universalism, or the idea that some system of ethics applies to all people regardless of race, color, nationality, religion, or culture, must have a plurality over which to range — a plurality of diverse persons, nations, jurisdictions, or localities over which morality asserts a universal authority. The contributors to Moral Universalism and Pluralism, the latest volume in the NOMOS series, investigate the idea that, far from denying the existence of such pluralities, moral universalism presupposes it. At the same time, the search for universally valid principles of morality is deeply challenged by diversity. The fact of pluralism presses us to explore how universalist principles interact with ethical, political, and social particularisms. These important essays refuse the answer that particularisms should simply be made to conform to universal principles, as if morality were a mold into which the diverse matter of human society and culture could be pressed. Rather, the authors bring philosophical, legal and political perspectives to bear on the core questions: Which forms of pluralism are conceptually compatible with moral universalism, and which ones can be accommodated in a politically stable way? Can pluralism generate innovations in understandings of moral duty? How is convergence on the validity of legal and moral authority possible in circumstances of pluralism? As the contributors to the book demonstrate in a wide variety of ways, these normative, conceptual, and political questions deeply intertwine.

Contributors: Kenneth Baynes, William A. Galston, Barbara Herman, F. M. Kamm, Benedict Kingsbury, Frank I. Michelman, William E. Scheuerman, Gopal Sreenivasan, Daniel Weinstock, and Robin West.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814794487
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry S. Richardson is Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University and Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Melissa S. Williams is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and founding director of the university’s Centre for Ethics. She is the current editor of the NOMOS series, and author of Voice, Trust and Memory: Marginalized Groups and the Failings of Liberal Representation.

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Table of Contents

Preface Melissa S. Williams Williams, Melissa S.

Introduction Henry S. Richardson Richardson, Henry S. 1

1 Contingency in Obligation Barbara Herman Herman, Barbara 17

2 Moral Improvisation, Moral Change, and Political Institutions: Comment on Barbara Herman Frank I. Michelman Michelman, Frank I. 54

3 Moral Improvisation and New Obligations F. M. Kamm Kamm, F. M. 64

4 Contingency at Ground Level: A Reply Barbara Herman Herman, Barbara 81

5 The Idea of Political Pluralism William A. Galston Galston, William A. 95

6 Value Pluralism, Autonomy, and Toleration Daniel M. Weinstock Weinstock, Daniel M. 125

7 The Limits of Liberal Pluralism: A Comment on William Galston Robin West West, Robin 149

8 International Law as Inter-Public Law Benedict Kingsbury Kingsbury, Benedict 167

9 "The Center Cannot Hold": A Response to Benedict Kingsbury William E. Scheuerman Scheuerman, William E. 205

10 Cosmopolitanism and International Law Kenneth Baynes Baynes, Kenneth 219

11 Democracy and International Law: A Peril from the "Public"? Gopal Sreenivasan Sreenivasan, Gopal 240

Index 251

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