There are Absolute Moral Truths
Wed, Feb 14
In this class we continue our discussion of whether moral facts are absolute (hold across times and cultures) or culturally relative. We'll consider what our moral obligations are when we morally judge the practices of another culture. We'll also consider the grounding question -- if there are absolute moral facts, where do they come from? One answer is... us, our natures, our reason. Another answer is God. Maybe moral facts could even be found in facts about the purely natural world. We'll also consider how the relativism/absolutism debate influences our views about when it is acceptable to interfere with practices you think are morally wrong.
Key Concepts: cosmopolitanism, the grounding problem
In our video short today, ND Prof. Paul Weithman discusses his interest in divinely grounded moral realism.
- Judging Other Cultures (Nussbaum)
- What Would Jesus Do About Measles? (NY Times)
- OPTIONAL: Bill Banning Circumcision in Iceland Alarms Religious Groups (NYTimes)