Re: Ethical Realities and Political Structures

It is tricky enough to figure out what fairness/justice or care means or how it can be a component of our public policy, something like purity can be almost an aesthetic decision while group identity and authority concerns might be met with just questions: Whose group? What authority?

I guess from my point of view, those questions could just as easily be asked of any of those values (e.g., to bring him up again, Alasdair MacIntyre has a book (I think it’s titled) Which Justice? Whose Rationality?, which basically makes the same points about the things people take more for granted as “universal” and “neutral”).

I’m not sure any ethical value can ultimately work if enforced on others. But obviously that’s a pacifist position, which I know many don’t share. Regardless of that, however, the question of who’s ultimately making the rules can always be raised in any ethical system.