Re: relativism vs equivalidity

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Thu Nov 08 2001 - 09:00:14 MST

On Thu, Nov 08, 2001 at 06:51:10AM -0800, J. R. Molloy wrote:
> From: "Anders Sandberg" <>
> > I would also add epistemic relativism: there might exist an objective
> > morality, but we can't know with certainty which morality is right.
> If, as noted scientists have theorized, morality derives from biology, then
> our decisions about what is right also derive from biology. Plus, the tendency
> to add epistemic relativism may have its congenital correlatives.

But the epistemic relativist would just ask why you think the naturally
evolved morality is the objectively true one. I think you and me would
say something along the lines of "because it works", but that would not
convince the relativist. And that we might have a predisposition
towards relativism (which I doubt) doesn't mean it is wrong, just as a
predisposition towards certain kinds of morality doesn't mean they are

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