Psychologist Steven Pinker redefines moral relativism to be the two competing ways in which we can solve the problems society faces, namely morally and non-morally. Pinker gives the example of a careless doctor. We could, on the one hand, start punishing such carelessness – a moral solution. Or, on the other, we could devise a safer system that wouldn’t be susceptible to such human errors – a non-moral fix. Pinker muses that, while we still need MLK’s leading freedom marches, approaching more problems with non-moral solutions may result in better outcomes.
- What two kinds of approaches to our social problems does Pinker discuss?
- Do you think that we can solve most of the world’s issues with non-moral solutions, like Pinker argues?
- What are some moral problems that we can problem fix with non-moral solutions?
- What problems do we still need moral solutions for?
Keywords: morality, ethics, relativism, Pinker, Borlaug,