The book defends the view that morality makes binding claims on all normal human beings, and that these claims are universal and invariable. Moral pluralism is conceded only in the application of the fixed fundamental principles in various contexts. Absoluteness is seen as characterizing the fundamental moral principles, while variability is a feature of subordinate rules. Accordingly, it is denied that it is possible for there to be alternative moralities, that is, moralities indifferent to the needs and interests of others - a denial whose grounding inheres in the very meaning of «morality».
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«The book is a useful tool for introducing students to an important moral debate and to a spirited defense of the timelessness and universality of basic moral norms.» (Jude P. Dougherty, The Review of Metaphyics)
«L'Autore, professore di filosofia all'Università di Pittsburgh e internazionalmente noto per le sue pubblicazioni sull'etica e sulla razionalità, conduce un'accurata argomentazione a favore dell'esistenza di assoluti morali.» (Giuseppe Abbà, Salesianum)
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