Morality and Cultural Differences

Oxford University Press (1999)
Abstract
The scholars who defend or dispute moral relativism, the idea that a moral principle cannot be applied to people whose culture does not accept it, have concerned themselves with either the philosophical or anthropological aspects of relativism. This study, shows that in order to arrive at a definitive appraisal of moral relativism, it is necessary to understand and investigate both its anthropological and philosophical aspects. Carefully examining the arguments for and against moral relativism, Cook exposes not only that anthropologists have failed in their attempt to support relativism with evidence of cultural differences, but that moral absolutists have been equally unsuccessful in their attempts to refute it. He argues that these conflicting positions are both guilty of an artificial and unrealistic view of morality and proposes a more subtle and complex account of morality.
Keywords Ethics  Anthropology  Ethical relativism
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy the book $21.00 new (81% off)   $40.50 direct from Amazon (10% off)    Amazon page
Call number BJ52.C66 1999
ISBN(s) 0195158636   9780195126792   0195126793  
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 11,085
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Citations of this work BETA
James Cracraft (2004). Implicit Morality. History and Theory 43 (4):31-42.
Similar books and articles
Analytics

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2009-01-28

Total downloads

129 ( #6,912 of 1,101,678 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

14 ( #12,469 of 1,101,678 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Start a new thread
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.