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ERIC Number: ED314807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Beyond Cultural Relativism: An Ecological Model for Rhetorical Ethics.
Mackin, Jim
A model intended to overcome the cultural relativism of determining what is an ethical act draws an analogy to environmental studies. Beginning with the concepts of "telos" (final purpose) and "archai" (priority), the notion of an ecosystem of ethics avoids limitation to a particular historical definition of good. Since the telos of human life is the quest for the good, a communicative ecosystem's virtues are those which enable its members to seek the good. An ideal communicative system supports all parts equally, and the parts in turn support the system. The telos of the individual and of the system are interrelated; both must be taken into account in making ethical decisions. The practice of living ethically will include system building and transforming. How to help the present system become more like the ideal without making the system less viable is the central question. Combining the notions of public and private into a systems relationship should increase understanding of the problem of morality, but also will raise new inquiries. (Twenty-five notes are included.) (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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