morning! I'm glad everyone could make it back for this session. I
think this will be very interesting. Very interesting.
Let's review for just a moment. We spent our first session talking about
what ethical relativism is and listing some of the crucial questions
associated with it. Among other things, we concluded that
ethical relativism is a meta-ethical view claiming that when ethical
judgments conflict it is not always the case that only one of the
conflicting judgments is true. Relativists also believe that moral
principles are not "objective," meaning that they are
not entirely independent of human choices and attitudes.
Today's session is on the implications of ethical relativism. It
may be here that we confront the most serious concerns that many
people - especially those who are not professional philosophers - have
No matter what you personally believe, for today's discussion, I want everyone to
make the assumption that some form of ethical relativism is a true theory of
ethics. We'll take that as our starting point.
I have asked Ann and Ayesha to talk with all of you and with people
in their departments and make a list of the implications - both good
and bad - sometimes
drawn from ethical relativism.
Ayesha, would you tell us what's on your list.