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The San Francisco Philosophy Group Message Board › There is no possible moral stance that can take in all other moral stances...

There is no possible moral stance that can take in all other moral stances...

ken t.
Berkeley, CA
Post #: 7
Badiou's "Thesis 2" in "philosophy in the present": "Every universal is singular; or is a singularity"

..."It is commonly claimed nowadays that the only genuinely universal persecription consists in respecting particularities. In my opinion, this thesis is inconsistent. This is demonstrated by the fact that any attempt to put it into practice invariably runs up against particularities which the advocates of formal universality find intorlerable. The truth is that in order to maintain that respect for particularity is a universal value, it is necessary to have first distinguished between good particularities and bad ones. It will e claimed, for example, that a cultural or religious particularity is bad if it does not include within itself respect for other particularities. But this is obviously to stipulate that the formal universal already be included in the particularity. Ultimately, the universality of respect for particularities is only the universality of universality. This definition is fatally tautological. It is the necessary counterpart of a protocol--usually a violent one--that wants to eradicate genuinely particular particularities..."

a belief that you cannot really say anything about the moral stances of others solves the problem by ceasing to be a "moral" belief, and becomes a description of the values of different cultures

a belief that all cultures share (or should share) a moral value for tolerance of others falls into the exception cited above... you have already excluded those cultures that are not "real people"... probably the "war against Islam" falls under this line of thinking
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