Folk Philosophy

November 12, 2009

Hagop Sarkissian has an interesting post over at Experimental Philosophy on whether the “folk” are relativists or objectivists about morality. I’m not sure that there is agreement among ethicists that the folk view is objectivist. When I make an objectivist appeal in my classroom — which, after all, is the only place I actually encounter the lumpen folk — I suspect that most of my students actually believe themselves to hold relativist views. Nevertheless, I make objectivist appeals because I think I can persuade them to abandon their relativism. This much is covered in the comments section, which strike me as maybe more interesting than the actual post.

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