Has moral relativism run its course? The threat of 9/11, terrorism, reproductive technology, and globalization has forced us to ask anew whether there are universal moral truths upon which to base ethical and political judgments. In this timely edited collection, distinguished scholars present and test the best answers to this question. These insightful responses temper the strong antithesis between universalism and relativism and retain sensitivity to how language and history shape the context of our moral decisions. This important and relevant work of contemporary political and social thought is ideal for use in the classroom across many disciplines, including political science, philosophy, ethics, law, and theology.
Don Browning is Alexander Campbell Professor Emeritus of Religious Ethics and the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Divinity School.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 List of Contributors Chapter 3 Introduction Part 4 Part I: Foundationalism v. Antifoundationalism Chapter 5 Can We Justify Moral Norms? Chapter 6 Self-Evident Truth (Beyond Relativism) Chapter 7 The Origin of Moral Norms Part 8 Part II: Approaches from Human Nature Chapter 9 Moral Ideals and Human Nature Chapter 10 Can We Justify Universal Moral Norms? Yes, with Qualifications Part 11 Part III: Common Ground through Historical Understanding Chapter 12 Searching for Common Ground: Ethical Tradition at the Interface with International Law Chapter 13 Christians, Muslims, and the Conduct of War Part 14 Part IV: Multidimensional Approaches Chapter 15 Universalism and Relativism: Some Lessons from Gandhi Chapter 16 Concrete Levels of Being and Their Political Implications Chapter 17 Response Chapter 18 Response