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Moral Change and Social Relativism

Joseph Raz

in Engaging Reason

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199248001
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598272 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199248001.003.0008
 Moral Change and Social Relativism

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The fact of multiculturalism cannot have much bearing on moral epistemology unless it bears on moral truths. It is argued that the existence of some values is dependent on the practices that sustain them, and as a result, these practices will figure in an explanation of why we value particular values. If this is true, it is also considered to what extent such an account is consistent with the universality of values.

Keywords: moral truth; multiculturalism; pluralism; relativism; universalizability; value

Chapter.  10019 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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