An Alternative to Relativism

Philosophical Topics 38 (2):17-37 (2010)
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John K. Davis
California State University, Fullerton
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Some moral disagreements are so persistent that we suspect they are deep : we would disagree even when we have all relevant information and no one makes any mistakes. The possibility of deep disagreement is thought to drive cognitivists toward relativism, but most cognitivists reject relativism. There is an alternative. According to divergentism, cognitivists can reject relativism while allowing for deep disagreement. This view has rarely been defended at length, but many philosophers have implicitly endorsed its elements. I will defend it
Keywords cognitive command  deep disagreement  disagreement  disagreement epistemology  ethics  faultless disagreement  metaethical relativism  moral disagreement  relativism  weak cognitivism
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DOI 10.5840/philtopics201038212
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