chapter  7
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Relativism in general

Chapters 8-11 will examine the various things that might be meant by saying that morality is in some way relative or else subjective. However, in those chapters the assumption will be that those who say that morality is relative are making a discriminating claim. A discriminating relativist about morality thinks that morality is relative in a sense that contrasts interestingly with other areas of belief (e.g. core science) which are not relative. But another kind of relativist thinks morality is relative for the much more basic reason that he thinks everything is relative. Thus some people are drawn to the view that morality is relative simply because they are indiscriminate relat ivists . An indiscriminate relativist thinks that all truth (or all reality) is relative, the relativity of morals being only a particular instance of what goes on globally.