Chapter 10. Postmodernism : Pragmatism
Section  4. Problems with a Pragmatist Ethic

1. A pragmatic ethic is an ethic that is relativistic and as such cannot resolve conflicts between different groups who hold for different ideas of what is morally correct.

2. Pragmatic ethics cannot resolve conflicts between individuals as the pragmatic test for the valuie of ethical principles can have different outcomes for different individuals.

3. Virtues and values are social constructs for pragmatists and so there can be no cross cultural critiques.

4. Pragmatic ethics leads to subjectivism

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