Moral Relativism: A Dialogue

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2008 - 95 pages
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Year We Left Home, a dazzling new novel already being hailed as an “instantly addictive...tale of yearning, paradox, and hope.” (Booklist)

After surviving a shooting at her high school, Linnea is packed off to live with her estranged father, Art, who doesn’t quite understand how he has suddenly become responsible for raising a sullen adolescent girl. Art’s neighbor, Christie, is a nurse distracted by an eccentric patient, Mrs. Foster, who has given Christie the reins to her Humanity Project, a bizarre and well-endowed charity fund. Just as mysteriously, no one seems to know where Conner, the Fosters’ handyman, goes after work, but he has become the one person Linnea can confide in, perhaps because his own home life is a war zone: his father has suffered an injury and become addicted to painkillers. As these characters and many more hurtle toward their fates, the Humanity Project is born: Can you indeed pay someone to be good? At what price?

Thompson proves herself at the height of her powers in The Humanity Project, crafting emotionally suspenseful and thoroughly entertaining characters, in which we inevitably see ourselves. Set against the backdrop of current events and cultural calamity, it is at once a multifaceted ensemble drama and a deftly observant story of our twenty-first-century society.

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Subjectivism Some Cultural Differences and Cultural Moral Relativism
A Remembered Incident Human Rights as a Higher Standard and Arguments against Cultural Moral Relativism
More on Higher Standards Arguments against Subjectivism Why Maria is not a Cultural Moral Relativist and Manners versus Morality
Tolerance Conscience Moral Universals Ethnocentrism and Moral Absolutes
Modified Cultural Moral Relativism and Qualified Subjectivism
Moral Relativism versus Moral Absolutism the Determining Type of Moral Relativism versus the Varying Type Vishnu Sums Up and Different Kinds...
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J. Kellenberger is professor of philosophy at California State University, Northridge.

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