Judge Posner, morality, infanticide, slavery, suttee, female genital mutilation, Holocaust, moral relativism
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Judge Richard Posner locates his moral theory between moral absolutism and the "anything goes" kind of moral relativism. He analyzes whether five contested topics are subject to useful moral debate: infanticide, slavery, suttee, female genital mutilation, and the Holocaust. Each topic presents a different perspective on his own moral theory. But each one fails in a different way to place his own moral theory on a sound footing.
D'Amato, Anthony, "Contested Morality: Judge Posner on Infanticide, Slavery, Suttee, Female Genital Mutilation, and the Holocaust" (2008). Faculty Working Papers. Paper 162.