The Polemics of "Descriptive Meaning"

Review of Metaphysics 24 (2):245 - 275 (1970)
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Abstract

WHAT ACCOUNTS for moral change between generations, or between historical epochs? What happens when a whole set of justifications, precepts, and models which formerly seemed cogent or compelling or authoritative no longer go unchallenged--not in a particular case, but in general? How does a whole moral order lose its grip on the imagination and intelligence of another generation?

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