David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Inquiry 11 (1-4):175 – 189 (1968)
It is argued that anthropologists become moral relativists by mistake typically in two ways: (1) by confusing moral with factual discourse (dubbed the Normativist Fallacy) which derives in turn from a failure to distinguish adequately between direct and indirect discourse in the description of moral systems and preferences; or (2) by confusing definitive with hypothetical statements in descriptive ethics (the Definitivist Fallacy). Two representative arguments illustrating these errors are analyzed and some morals drawn from the results regarding the status of relativist arguments in descriptive ethics and the prerogatives of applied anthropologists
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
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
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Katinka Quintelier & Daniel Fessler (2012). Varying Versions of Moral Relativism: The Philosophy and Psychology of Normative Relativism. Biology and Philosophy 27 (1):95-113.
H. A. Prichard (1912). Does Moral Philosophy Rest on a Mistake? Mind 21 (81):21 - 37.
Andrew Brennan (1984). The Moral Standing of Natural Objects. Environmental Ethics 6 (1):35-56.
Harold Zellner (1995). “Is Relativism Self-Defeating?”. Journal of Philosophical Research 20:287-295.
Michael Philips (1985). Normative Contexts and Moral Decision. Journal of Business Ethics 4 (4):233 - 237.
John W. Cook (1999). Morality and Cultural Differences. Oxford University Press.
Joseph Agassi (1992). False Prophecy Versus True Quest a Modest Challenge to Contemporary Relativists. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 22 (3):285-312.
John J. Tilley (2009). Dismissive Replies to "Why Should I Be Moral?". Social Theory and Practice 35 (3):341–68.
Added to index2009-03-05
Total downloads4 ( #288,904 of 1,410,108 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #107,970 of 1,410,108 )
How can I increase my downloads?