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Moral Realism. Kevin Delapp

Kevin Michael Delapp

Published February 1st 2013
ISBN : 9781441126917
Hardcover
192 pages
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 About the Book 

Are moral values objective or are they relative to different cultural contexts and traditions? Do values have any place in a disenchanted scientific conception of the world and, if so, how do human beings relate to such values culturally,MoreAre moral values objective or are they relative to different cultural contexts and traditions? Do values have any place in a disenchanted scientific conception of the world and, if so, how do human beings relate to such values culturally, psychologically, and epistemologically? This book examines contemporary responses to these questions.Moral Realism introduces students to contemporary debates concerning moral realism, including issues related to ethical naturalism, moral epistemology, moral motivation, cultural pluralism and moral disagreement. In the context of examining and connecting these different debates, the book presents its own unique form of moral realism according to which values may be belief-independent while also being characterized by an ontological pluralism that generates incommensurable moral disagreements and tragic dilemmas. This idea serves as a guiding thread and also represents an attractive and neglected metaethical position in its own right. Specific attention is devoted to locating debates about moral realism in actual, embodied contexts, by looking to issues in experimental moral psychology, cross-cultiural anthropology and political science, permitting an accessible approach ideal for undergraduate students.