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Contested Morality: Judge Posner on Infanticide, Slavery, Suttee, Female Genital Mutilation, and the Holocaust


Anthony D'Amato


Northwestern University - School of Law

August 25, 2008

Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 08-27

Abstract:     
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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: Judge Posner, morality, infanticide, slavery, suttee, female genital mutilation, Holocaust, moral relativism, moral theory

JEL Classification: K39, K10, K19

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Date posted: August 26, 2008  

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D'Amato, Anthony, Contested Morality: Judge Posner on Infanticide, Slavery, Suttee, Female Genital Mutilation, and the Holocaust (August 25, 2008). Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 08-27. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1255306 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1255306

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