Foundations for Moral Relativism: Second Expanded Edition - cover image

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J. David Velleman

Published On

2015-11-23

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-032-1
Hardback978-1-78374-033-8
PDF978-1-78374-034-5
HTML978-1-80064-506-6
XML978-1-78374-637-8
EPUB978-1-78374-035-2
MOBI978-1-78374-036-9

Language

  • English

Print Length

156 pages (xii + 144)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 8 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.33" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 11 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.44" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback506g (17.85oz)
Hardback881g (31.08oz)

OCLC Number

993979402

LCCN

2019467883

BIC

  • HPQ
  • HPS
  • HR

BISAC

  • PHI005000

LCC

  • BJ1500.R37

Keywords

  • Ethics
  • Metaethics
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Social Philosophy
  • Moral Relativism
  • Moral Disagreement
  • Perspectivalism
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Foundations for Moral Relativism

Second Expanded Edition

2nd Edition

  • J. David Velleman (author)
In this new edition of Foundations for Moral Relativism a distinguished moral philosopher tames a bugbear of current debate about cultural difference. J. David Velleman shows that different communities can indeed be subject to incompatible moralities, because their local mores are rationally binding. At the same time, he explains why the mores of different communities, even when incompatible, are still variations on the same moral themes. The book thus maps out a universe of many moral worlds without, as Velleman puts it, "moral black holes”. The six self-standing chapters discuss such diverse topics as online avatars and virtual worlds, lying in Russian and truth-telling in Quechua, the pleasure of solitude and the fear of absurdity. Accessibly written, this book presupposes no prior training in philosophy.

Reviews

Velleman’s book is a very welcome addition to recent literature that reconsiders moral relativism as a viable moral view. The field of moral philosophy benefits from his willingness to stake out bold and engaging positions that neither conventional defenders of robust, universalist forms of moral realism or of moral relativism find comfortable. His choice of venue, Open Book Publishers, makes this work more accessible to a broader range of scholars and the interested public. His status in the discipline will hopefully influence others to consider a more accessible venue for their work.

David B. Wong

"Foundations for Moral Relativism , by J. David Velleman.". Mind (0026-4423), vol. 125, no. 497, 2016. doi:10.1093/mind/fzv166

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

I. Introduction

II. Virtual Selves

III. Morality Here and There

1. Kant Among the Sherpas

2. Aristotle in Bali

IV. Doables

V. Foundations for Moral Relativism

VI. Sociality and Solitude

VII. Life Absurd? Don’t Be Ridiculous

Bibliography

Index


Contributors

J. David Velleman

(author)
Professor of Philosophy at New York University