The End of Morality
Taking Moral Abolitionism Seriously
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This is a collection of twelve brand new chapters focused on a critical examination of the options available to the moral error theorist. After a general introduction outlining the topic, explaining key terminology, and offering suggestions for further reading, the chapters address questions like:
* Is it true that the more that people are motivated by moral concerns, the more likely it is that society will be elitist, authoritarian, and dishonest?
* Is an appeal to moral values a useful tool for helping resolve conflicts, or does it actually exacerbate conflicts?
* Would it even be possible to abolish morality from our thinking?
* If we were to accept a moral error theory, would it be feasible to carry on believing in morality in everyday contexts?
* Might moral discourse be usefully modeled on familiar metaphorical language, where we can convey useful and important truths by uttering falsehoods?
* Does moral thinking support or undermine a commitment to feminist goals?
* What role do moral judgments play in addressing important decisions affecting climate change?
The End of Morality: Taking Moral Abolitionism Seriously is the first book to thoroughly address these and other questions, systematically investigating the harms and benefits of moral thought, and considering what the world might be like without morality.