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Revisiting universalism [Elektronisk resurs] / Alison Assiter.

Assiter, Alison. (författare)
ISBN 9780230508026
Publicerad: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003
Engelska 184 p.
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  • Acknowledgements Introduction Why Pluralism? Forms of Universalism and Monism Common Human Nature: An Empty Concept? Moral Obligations Arising From Needs Needs and the Imagination Bodies and Dualism Feminist Epistemology and Value Conclusion.
  • Most recent 'universalist' theories - those that suggest that the features shared by all of us are significant - are liberal. Such theories start from the assumption that, in our contemporary world, it is axiomatic that we accept a plurality of ethical and political perspectives. This book seeks to defend a non-liberal form of universalism. It is one that derives, not from our shared rights, but from our common natural nature. it suggests that there is something important and significant that the very rich share with the desperately poor - a set of natural needs. These needs are not insignificant, but rather, in a world where the riches of a few billionaires exceed the combined incomes of 45% of the world's population, they are very important indeed. Pluralist moral perspectives may not be axiomatic at all, given these facts. Assiter argues that moral consequences and moral obligations towards one another flow from the fact of our shared natures. Furthermore, drawing on this thesis, the book sets out to develop a non-relativist epistemology. 
  • 'Exciting, challenging, engaging, clear: this book provides a fresh approach to the urgent issue of justice in a divided world.' - Morwenna Griffiths, Professor of Educational Research, Nottingham Trent University, UK 'Alison Assiter has written a very accessible book...which offers a useful counterpoint to the literature on multiculturalism, as well as developing a thesis that resonates with the 'ethical turn' in a considerable amount of contemporary social thought.' - Keith Tester, School of Social, Historical & Literary Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK. 

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