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Convergence on Divergence: How to be a Relativistic Moral Realist” William Rottschaefer (Lewis & Clark College)

Date: 3:30pm - 5:00pm PST January 25, 2013 Location: J.R. Howard Hall 202

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J.R. Howard Hall 202

William Rottschaefer, Lewis & Clark College

Convergence on Divergence: How to be a Relativistic Moral Realist

Urging that she meet her own methodological standards, Doris and Plakias have challenged the scientifically minded moral realist to address the long-standing problem of moral disagreement. I use a gene-culture co-evolutionary account of one of their showcase problem cases, the difference between honor and non-honor cultures, to argue not only that significant moral disagreement – and the moral relativism it seems to imply – pose no awkwardness for moral realism, but also that a properly scientifically based naturalistic moral realism explains it, indeed, provides tools for justifying it. In doing so, I show how to be a relativistic moral realist. 

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