From Relativism to Relational Responsibility
This chapter explores the moral and spiritual implications of relational being, with emphasis on relativism and relational responsibility. It considers the challenge of the moral good by focusing on those striving to establish moral foundations or fundamental ethical principles to guide human conduct. It first assesses the potential of all relations to generate moral goods, a process that may be termed first-order morality, and the challenge of moral relativism. It then turns to a discussion of second-order morality, a non-foundational ethic for sustaining the very possibility of co-creating the good. The chapter concludes by analyzing relational responsibility in practice.
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