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Relativism and Religion: Why Democratic Societies Do Not Need Moral Absolutes

Carlo Accetti


Moral relativism is deeply troubling for those who believe that, without a set of moral absolutes, democratic societies will devolve into tyranny or totalitarianism. Carlo Invernizzi Accetti traces the roots of contemporary anti-relativist fears to the antimodern rhetoric of the Catholic Church and then rescues a form of philosophical relativism for modern, pluralist societies, arguing that this viewpoint provides the firmest foundation for an allegiance to democracy. In his analyses of the relationship between religious arguments and political authority and the implications of philosophical r ... More

Keywords: Moral relativism, Modernity, Catholic Church, Democracy, Secularism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231170789
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231170789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carlo Accetti, author
Université Libre de Bruxelles