morning! I'm glad everyone could make it back for this
session. I think this will be very interesting. Very
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 about
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.