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Steven Lukes - Moral Relativism

Moral Relativism

Written by: Steven Lukes

Everyone holds beliefs. So what gives us the right to judge the behaviour of other people in a world where moralities are diverse and conflicting.

Do we as human beings have no shared standards by which we can understand each other? Do we truly have divergent views about what consitutes good and evil, harm and welfare, dignity and humiliation, or is there some underlying commonality that wins out? These questions show up everwhere, from the debate over female circumcision to the UN Declaration of Human Rights. They become ever more pressing in an age of mass immigration, religious extremism and the rise of identity politics. So by what right to we judge particular practices as barbaric? Who are the real barbarians?

This provocative book takes an enlightening look at what we believe, why we believe it and whether there really in an irreperable moral discord between “us” and “them”.