Short Answer #1
- Jonathan Haidt thinks he’s discovered something important about the nature of ethics; something about how it is connected to evolution and less about truth. But Singer might look at this kind of meta-ethics as “crude relativism”. What is Haidt’s meta-ethics and, based on Singer’s arguments is it a form of bad relativism? (300-400 words).
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Actual in-class version of the question:
- Jonathan Haidt thinks he has discovered something important about the nature of ethics; particularly how it varies among human cultures and how it might be related to evolution. But Peter Singer might consider his discovery a form of crude relativism. Drawing your understanding of both writers, evaluate Haidt’s view in terms of Singer’s arguments about relativism.