Tuesday, June 14, 2011

On Mick's comment at Amanda Lehmert's Inside Scoop Blog: What is Moral Relativism and the City Attorney Contract?

Is her contract out of line
with comparable markets or other comparable City/County employees?

Is it uncommon to hire an attorney who isn't licensed in NC?

Is it uncommon to give them 2 years to pass the Bar Exam?

Mick at Inside Scoop

"Moral relativism may be any of several descriptive, meta-ethical, or normative positions.

Each of them is concerned with the differences in moral judgments across different people and cultures:

Descriptive relativism describes the way things are,
without suggesting a way they ought to be.

Like "is "X" "out of line with" "Y;"?"

It seeks only to point out that people frequently disagree
over what is the most 'moral' course of action.

Like saying "Is it uncommon"?

Meta-ethical relativism is the meta-ethical position that the truth or falsity
of moral judgments is not objective.

Justifications for moral judgments are not universal,
but are instead relative to the traditions, convictions, or practices
of an individual or a group of people.

The meta-ethical relativist might say "It's moral to me, because I believe it is".

Normative relativism is the prescriptive or normative position that,
because there is no universal moral standard by which to judge others,
we ought to tolerate the behavior of others
- even when it runs counter to our personal or cultural moral standards.

Most philosophers find that this position is incoherent,
or at least that it is unclear how meta-ethical relativism can lead to 'ought' statements."

Moral Relativism

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