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  1. Natural Moralities: A Defense of Pluralistic  Relativism
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  2. Natural Moralities: A Defense of Pluralistic Relativism

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In this book, David B. Wong defends an ambitious and important new version of moral relativism. He does not espouse the type of relativism that says anything goes, but he does start with a relativist stance against alternative theories such that there need not be only one universal truth. Wong proposes that there can be a plurality of true moralities existing across different traditions and cultures, all with one core human question as to how we can all live together.

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In every language with which I am acquainted, normative statements are treated as having truth-values, just as factual statements about the natural world. Because normative statements do not refer to natural phenomena, and hence cannot be supported or contradicted by empirical observation, positivist philosophers (e.g., A. J. Ayer and the early Ludwig Wittgenstein) hold that applying truth values to them is simply a nave error. To say "giving to charity is good" does not mean "it is true that giving to charity is good," but rather something like "hooray for giving to charity," or "I believe in giving to charity." If this were so, then it would be possible to disagree about the nature of the good, but it would be impossible to adjudicate such disagreements using the philosopher's tool of reasoned argument. Perhaps for this reason, most philosophers have mostly rejected the positivist treatment of ethics in favor of alternatives in which moral statements, in accord with common usage,... Read more
Wong is one of my favorite writers and this book is a good interesting read but not nearly as funny as "John Dies At The End." Somewhat of a disappointment.
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