Ethical Relativism and Universalism

by Saral Jhingran


  • ISBN: 9788120818200, 8120818202
  • Year of Publication: 2001
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st
  • No. of Pages: 385
  • Language: English
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    The present work addresses itself to one of the most hotly debated issues

    in contemporary ethics-relativism. Relativism has become a formidable

    argument in Western socio-moral thought under the impact of postmodern

    writings. The author presents a detailed critique of various relativist and

    postmodernist theses, without rejecting some of their empirically justified

    observations. She underscores the fact that the intercultural communication

    which has been going on since time immemorial puts a question mark to the

    postmodernist theories of indeterminacy of translation, incommensurability

    of various conceptual frameworks etc.

    The author supports cognitivism in ethics according to which the moral

    properties of the object of moral judgement do in some way determine or

    'cause' that judgment. This view is not to be confused with any realist

    ontological commitment. She asserts that universalizability is the

    necessary condition of all rational judgments, including the moral ones.

    The author also discusses the relationship between self and others; and in

    this context she draws upon the insights of ancient Indian thinkers. She

    proposes that minimum moral principles and maxims can be agreed upon

    through reasoning and intercultural discourse.

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    "Jhingran's present work is learned and well-argued." - PROF. G.C. PANDE

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