Natural Moralities A Defense of Pluralistic Relativism

Paperback | March 15, 2009

byDavid B Wong

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In this book, David B. Wong defends an ambitious and important new version of moral relativism. He does not espouse the type of relativism that says anything goes, but he does start with a relativist stance against alternative theories such that there need not be only one universal truth. Wongproposes that there can be a plurality of true moralities existing across different traditions and cultures, all with one core human question as to how we can all live together.

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In this book, David B. Wong defends an ambitious and important new version of moral relativism. He does not espouse the type of relativism that says anything goes, but he does start with a relativist stance against alternative theories such that there need not be only one universal truth. Wongproposes that there can be a plurality of t...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:March 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019538329X

ISBN - 13:9780195383294

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IntroductionPart One: How Pluralism and Naturalism Make for Natural Moralities1. Pluralism and Ambivalence2. Pluralistic Relativism3. Objections and RepliesPart Two: Constraints on Natural Moralities4. Identity, Flourishing, and Relationship5. Community and Liberal Theory6. Does Psychological Realism Constrain the Content of Moralities?Part Three: Having Confidence in Our Moral Commitments7. Moral Reasons -- Internal and External8. Morality and Need9. Coping with Moral DifferenceBibliography

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"This is one of the most interesting works in ethics I have ever read. I think it can lead to changes in how we think about the philosophical issues of ethics, and I also think it would serve as an excellent in-depth introduction to ethics."--Gilbert Harman, Princeton University