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Unreasonable Men by Victor J. Seidler

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Chapter 4

Morality

REASON AND MORALITY

When we think in terms of an obligation to visit the sick, this is an obligation that is universally held, and it helps Kant question notions of moral relativism because it is important to recognise that this is an obligation that flows from reason. It is an objective matter which can be decided as a matter of reason, rather than left as a matter of individual opinion.

Initially Kant set himself against the cultural relativism of Hume, but his work continues to have powerful contemporary resonance as a refusal of the relativism that informs both the common sense of a liberal moral culture that holds that morality is a matter of individual opinion and its reflection in the human sciences in the notion that ...

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