Integrating philosophy with anthropology in an approach to morality


Journal Article

Philosophy and anthropology need to integrate their accounts of what a morality is. I identify three desiderata that an account of morality should satisfy: (1) it should recognize significant diversity and variation in the major kinds of value, (2) it should specify a set of criteria for what counts as a morality, and (3) it should indicate the basis for distinguishing between more or less justifiable moralities, or true and false moralities. I will discuss why these three desiderata are hard to satisfy at the same time, and why they are controversial. Anthropologists and philosophers will differ on which ones they are inclined to reject. I argue that all three should be accepted and can be satisfied. © The Author(s) 2014.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wong, DB

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 336 - 355

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1741-2641

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1463-4996

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1463499614534554

Citation Source

  • Scopus