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Understanding Moral Disagreement: A Christian Perspectivalist Approach

Department of Philosophy & Religion, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI 49242, USA
Academic Editors: J. Caleb Clanton and Kraig Martin
Religions 2021, 12(5), 318; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050318
Received: 8 April 2021 / Revised: 27 April 2021 / Accepted: 29 April 2021 / Published: 30 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue God, Ethics, and Christian Traditions)
Deep moral disagreements exist between Christians and non-Christians. I argue that Christians should resist the temptation to pin all such disagreements on the irrationality of their disputants. To this end, I develop an epistemological framework on which both parties can be rational—the key being that their beliefs are formed from different perspectives and, hence, on the basis of different sets of evidence. I then alleviate concerns that such moral perspectivalism leads to relativism or skepticism, or that it prohibits rational discourse. I end by exploring new avenues for resolving deep moral disagreements opened up by the perspectivalist approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: moral disagreement; moral perspectivalism; peer disagreement; phenomenal conservatism moral disagreement; moral perspectivalism; peer disagreement; phenomenal conservatism
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