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An Alternative Foundation for Political and Ethical Principles

Margaret Moore

in Foundations of Liberalism

Published in print February 1993 | ISBN: 9780198273851
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599934 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198273851.003.0007
 An Alternative Foundation for Political and Ethical Principles

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This chapter argues that the analysis of the previous chapters indicates the problems attached to conceiving of morality as rooted in a neutral or Archimedean point from which different principles can be assessed and validated, but that it is more fruitful to root morality within a particular tradition. The problem of moral scepticism and relativism and pluralism are discussed as well as the implications of this approach to moral theorizing for ethical political principles.

Keywords: communitarianism; liberalism; moral pluralism; moral relativism; moral scepticism; morality; neutrality; tradition

Chapter.  15655 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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