Natural Moralities: A Defense of Pluralistic Relativism: A Defense of Pluralistic Relativism [NOOK Book]

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David B. Wong proposes that there can be a plurality of true moralities, moralities that exist across different traditions and cultures, all of which address facets of the same problem: how we are to live well together. Wong examines a wide array of positions and texts within the Western canon as well as in Chinese philosophy, and draws on philosophy, psychology, evolutionary theory, history, and literature, to make a case for the importance of pluralism in moral life, and to establish the virtues of acceptance ...
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Natural Moralities: A Defense of Pluralistic Relativism: A Defense of Pluralistic Relativism

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Overview


David B. Wong proposes that there can be a plurality of true moralities, moralities that exist across different traditions and cultures, all of which address facets of the same problem: how we are to live well together. Wong examines a wide array of positions and texts within the Western canon as well as in Chinese philosophy, and draws on philosophy, psychology, evolutionary theory, history, and literature, to make a case for the importance of pluralism in moral life, and to establish the virtues of acceptance and accommodation. Wong's point is that there is no single value or principle or ordering of values and principles that offers a uniquely true path for human living, but variations according to different contexts that carry within them a common core of human values. We should thus be modest about our own morality, learn from other approaches, and accommodate different practices in our pluralistic society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199724840
  • Publisher: NetLibrary, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,072,412
  • File size: 541 KB

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David B. Wong is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Duke University. He has written on issues of relativism and moral conflict, and comparative and Chinese philosophy.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     xi
How Pluralism and Naturalism Make for Natural Moralities
Pluralism and Ambivalence     5
Pluralistic Relativism     29
Objections and Replies     76
Constraints on Natural Moralities
Identity, Flourishing, and Relationship     115
Community and Liberal Theory     146
Does Psychological Realism Constrain the Content of Moralities?     159
Having Confidence in Our Moral Commitments
Moral Reasons-Internal and External     179
Morality and Need     202
Coping with Moral Difference     228
Bibliography     273
Index     287
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