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Re: [xmca] Taking culture into account/Doing harm?

On 24 July 2012 00:07, Martin Packer <packer@duq.edu> wrote:

> Seems to me that formulating universal principles is always a futile
> attempt to escape from the situated character, the phronesis, that moral
> judgments necessarily arise from. This makes then fallible, of course
> (oops, that wasn't a good person after all!), but that's life. It's also
> why critique, IMHO, has to take place within a dialog between among those
> involved.
> Martin
Though there have been attempts at formulating human universals.


In principle such attempts of traits analysis are compatible with genetic


> On Jul 23, 2012, at 5:14 PM, Greg Thompson wrote:
> > Shweder actually has proposed a set of universal principles. It's just
> > that, to my mind, these tend to be rather tautological and therefore
> seem a
> > bit empty (can't recall exactly, but one of these was something like
> "don't
> > do bad things to good people").
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