How to Defend Humane Ideals Substitutes for Objectivity
- List Price: $24.95
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
- Publish date: 06/01/2000
- ISBN: 9780803219946
- ISBN10: 0803219946
James R. Flynn rejects attempts to salvage ethical objectivity as futile and counterproductive. Instead, he uses philosophical analysis to demonstrate the relevance of logic and evidence to moral debate. He then uses modern social science to refute racists, Social Darwinists, Nietzsche, and the meritocracy thesis of The Bell Curve. Flynn concludes that the great post-Enlightenment project -- justice for all races and classes, the reduction of inequality, and the abolition of privilege -- retains its moral dignity and relevance.