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A Refutation of Moral Relativism: Interviews with an Absolutist Paperback – October 1, 1999
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Kreeft, a professor of philosophy at Boston College, examines the definition, history, and importance of moral relativism. He makes an impeccable case that the current controversy over the nature of morality -- that is, whether it be relative or absolute -- is THE most crucial debate of our time.
The book opened my eyes to a whole new way of thinking about Western culture. We are so conditioned to believe that morality is relative that such conditioning affects our thinking, our language and diction, our schooling, our media, and (obviously) our morality -- our very way of life (and thus, maybe, our afterlife?). Kreeft makes the case that, with so much at stake, we cannot afford to be wrong.
A master logician and philosopher, Kreeft takes on the arguments for moral relativism one by one. His refutation is devastating; he demonstrates that most arguments for relativism are logically self-contradictory and, indeed, that morality cannot be anything other than absolute either in theory or in practice. (He even shows that tolerance--often an explicit reason for belief in relativism--is a virtue only achieved through moral absolutism.)
Afterwards, Kreeft turns his exacting lens on absolutism, its assumptions and its role in reality. He is, if nothing else, supremely objective and fair-minded.
But don't let the thought of reading about logic and philosophy turn you off! Professor Kreeft as much for the average reader as he does for anyone else. His writing is accesible, reasonable (in the most literal sense of that word), and, above all, ENJOYABLE.Read more ›
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Many things in this book are well said, and I rather like that the debate is set in the framework of a Socratic dialogue, as if reading a work by Plato, though this is where the... Read morePublished 19 days ago by B'Davka
This guy really knows his stuff, thank God he is sharing what he learned through many years of study. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Mata
Oh my goodness is this book bad. Worst. purchase. ever.
OK so it's basically the interview of a super religious guy, extremely arrogant and obnoxious, who is going to... Read more
If I wanted "Interview With a Vampire" as this books format suggests, I would have bought that book. Just not my cup of tea...Published 6 months ago by Gary Altergott
a surprisingly fun read. Almost reads like a combox debate about religion (without the ad hominems, curse words, and references to Hitler).Published 6 months ago by Jamie Beu
Kreeft’s book provides an excellent explanation for the foundation of moral relativism and the history behind its prevalence today. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dann
Not exactly what I expected. The topic is very interesting, it is just the way the book is formatted. Read morePublished 8 months ago by William Benjamin Vanadore