By Peter Kreeft
No factor is extra fateful for civilization than ethical relativism. background is familiar with now not one instance of a profitable society which repudiated ethical absolutes. but so much assaults on relativism were both pragmatic (looking at its social effects) or exhorting (preaching instead of proving), and philosophers' arguments opposed to it were really good, technical, and scholarly. In his common precise writing type, Peter Kreeft shall we an enticing, sincere, and humorous relativist interview a "Muslim fundamentalist" absolutist in order to not stack the cube for my part for absolutism. In an enticing sequence of private interviews, each plausible argument the "sassy Black feminist" reporter Libby supplies opposed to absolutism is just and obviously refuted, and not one of the many arguments for ethical absolutism is refuted.
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Libby: And modern psychology isn't data friendly, isn't scientific? You're saying that ancient absolutism is more scientific than modern psychology? 'Isa: Yes indeed! Modern psychology—very modern psychology, very secular, very liberal psychology—tells you that all those moral words —"should" and "ought" and "right" and "wrong"—are "mistakes"! I just read a book the other day about "the ten fundamental psychological mistakes". One of them was "making 'should-statements' ". In other words, there's only one thing really wrong: thinking anything is really wrong!
Shall we go on to your second argument, then? 66 I A Refutation of Moral Relativism Libby: No. This is too easy on you. " 'Isa: I agree. It's too easy. It feels unnatural to just let the argument sit up there and not do anything to it. I want to evaluate it once I see it. Libby: Sure, that's because you're totally judgmental. But I want to change our format too, for a different reason. —because we'd just have to repeat each one before evaluating it, next time; and that's a waste of time and tape.
Isa: No, and it's decaying fast because it isn't—because it has no roots, no moral tradition. Libby: Do you really think that that's the key to being moral, that's the most important thing you need: just don't change the past? 'Isa: No, obviously you need much more than that. But . . Libby: Well, do you think America is becoming immoral because it's not traditional? Is that the main reason? 'Isa: I think the main reason is because of the decay of the family. That's the one absolutely essential building block of any human society.