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Margaret Moore

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198273851

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198273851.001.0001

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An Alternative Foundation for Political and Ethical Principles

An Alternative Foundation for Political and Ethical Principles

(p.165) 7 An Alternative Foundation for Political and Ethical Principles
Foundations of Liberalism

Margaret Moore

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the analysis of the previous chapters indicates the problems attached to conceiving of morality as rooted in a neutral or Archimedean point from which different principles can be assessed and validated, but that it is more fruitful to root morality within a particular tradition. The problem of moral scepticism and relativism and pluralism are discussed as well as the implications of this approach to moral theorizing for ethical political principles.

Keywords:   communitarianism, liberalism, moral pluralism, moral relativism, moral scepticism, morality, neutrality, tradition

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