<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Grummitt (Peter) - Relativism, Disagreement and Explanation: An attempt to amend Jamie Dreier s Moral Relativism and Moral Nihilism (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_12/PaperSummary_12780.htm">Relativism, Disagreement and Explanation: An attempt to amend Jamie Dreier s Moral Relativism and Moral Nihilism</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/G/Author_Grummitt (Peter).htm">Grummitt (Peter)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Birkbeck Research Seminar, 28/02/2008</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=200><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_12/PaperSummary_12780.htm">Paper Summary</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author s Abstract</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Dreier tries to use moral relativism as a  tactical retreat from moral nihilism  a way to avoid moral nihilism s radical conclusions while accepting some of the considerations and arguments that motivate it. </li><li>Part of his argument which I will look at in Section I is his claim that what he calls  relative moral properties are part of our best explanation of moral observations, so we are justified in believing that there are such properties. The notable weakness of Dreier s position is that his version of relativism fails to be able to account for moral disagreement. </li><li>In Section II I will attempt to improve Dreier s argument with the help of John MacFarlane s version of relativism which can account for disagreement and will discuss how successfully this move coheres with Dreier s argument. </li></ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T07:49" pubdate>02/08/2018 07:49:53</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>