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Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air Paperback – October 1, 1998
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The authors launch a five-pronged attack on relativism. In the first part they help the reader understand relativism and see the three different types: "society says," "society does" and "I say" relativism. In the second part they critique relativism, exposing seven of its most fatal flaws before turning in the third part to an exposure of the impact of relativism on education. In the fourth part they examine relativism in public policy, and specifically its application to homosexual marriage, abortion and euthenasia - three of the pressing issues of our time. The final part provides some tools to refute relativism.
The final part was the one I found most helpful. Having explained the background and dangers of relativism, the authors suggest some tactics that are helpful in arguing against relativism. First, they suggest showing the contradictions inherent in relativism, for in practice, this position is self-refuting. One effective tactic, then, is to show people that many of their positions depend on some type of absolute stance. They suggest the best way of dealing with the charge of "don't force your morality on me," is to simply ask "why not?" What gives him the right to impose his morality on you when you are not able to do the same to him? Second, they suggest pressing the person's hot button.Read more ›
moral relativism: "The view that when it comes to moral issues there are no universal objective right or wrong answers, no inappropriate or appropriate judgments, and no reasonable or rational ways by which to make distinctions that apply in every time, in every place and to every person." (page 12-13)
moral objectivism: The view that when it comes to moral issues, there ARE universal right or wrong answers, inappropriate or appropriate judgments, and reasonable or rational ways by which to make distinctions that apply in every time, in every place and to every person (this is a composite of the view point the author's offer and defend)
The authors argue that people know that there are morally objective rules by intuition. This may be misunderstood to be a whim or emotion. The author's give an example of another thing that is known by intuition: "My hand is injured," I say "How do you know it's injured?" you ask. "Because it hurts." "How do you know it hurts?" "Because I feel it." "But how do you know you feel it." "I just know..." (pages 57-58; please note the last line is a summary of the author's further explanation)
I think the author's provided a devastating critique of various different forms of relativism. The different forms they attacked were: Society Does Relativism (i.e.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrogant authors that call themselves philosophers in order to give undeserved credentials to absolute blather. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary K Jacobs
I already was a critic of relativism when I read this book. After reading it, even more so. This book very effectively articulates what I am often unable to.Published 4 months ago by R. P. Hagan
This is a very actual problem in society today. Very didactic and concise. All Christians must be aware of this, because it is infiltrating the church as well. Great read!Published 7 months ago by M. Baldanza
This is well wrote. Their reasoning was informative and concise. I recommend it to everyone, especially for those searching for answers and lost in the sea of opinions where... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Paperclip
Great introduction to the objections against Relativism. It's solid in it's logic while being both clear and concise. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Apologetics Junkie
This is absolutely a superb book for dealing with relativism! I highly recommend it. It is not too long, but very concise. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Daniel L Wenceslao