Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1991

Center/Program

Center for Law and Philosophy

Abstract

With the growing interest in interpretation as an activity essential in the study of the arts and of society it was inevitable that the question of the relation between morality and interpretation would attract considerable interest.Given that moral views and arguments are expressed in language, are essentially language bound, there is no doubt that the understanding of moral views and argument involves, at least at times, interpretation (of arguments and propositions, etc.).The same can be said of physics. The question is whether morality is interpretative in a way in which physics is not. Some writers have claimed that it is. I will examine the claims and arguments to that effect advanced by Michael Walzer, though much of my argument will be general and not limited to the arguments he explicitly advances.1

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