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The Ethnocentric Fallacy

by Paul W. Taylor
Monist: An International Quarterly Journal of General Philosophical Inquiry ()
  • ISSN: 0026-9662


Taylor discusses kurt baier's book "the moral point of view" and claims baier commits an error--The ethnocentric fallacy--By defining the moral point of view in terms of the moral code of western society without saying how we know this point of view is the true criterion for moral convictions. Baier's ethnocentrism undercuts the meaning of "true" and "false" and thus destroys the very concept of moral knowledge which baier's argument was meant to clarify and justify. Taylor offers an alternative way to account for the differences pointed out by baier between moral convictions and beliefs about law and custom. (staff)

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