Foundations for Moral Relativism

2015.05.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews J. David Velleman, Foundations for Moral Relativism, Open Book, 2013, 122pp., $19.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781909254442. Reviewed by
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2015.05.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews J. David Velleman, Foundations for Moral Relativism, Open Book, 2013, 122pp., $19.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781909254442. Reviewed by Antti Kauppinen, Trinity College Dublin It comes as no surprise that David Velleman's brief but dense new book is original, provocative, erudite, and seductive. Drawing on a characteristically broad range of non-philosophical sources -- such as game studies, anthropology, and ethnomethodology -- he presents novel arguments in defense of moral relativism. In this review, I will examine some of his central arguments. What is moral relativism? It is not the view that different things are morally right or wrong in different circumstances. Non-relativists agree that whether it is wrong to let a child play alone in the park or dance at a funeral depends on whether there is a risk of significant harm or whether the behavior is disrespectful in context. What they insist on is that. . .

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