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Justice Anthony Kennedy worries about moral relativism
On Wednesday night, Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the deciding vote on the Supreme Court, delivered a lecture at The Heritage Foundation on the beauty of the Constitution‚ÄĒevery Supreme Court justice‚Äôs favorite topic. In the course of the discussion he dropped asides about the dearth of civic knowledge among Americans, the danger of moral relativism, and the degradation of the political sphere since America‚Äôs founding.
Kennedy dwelled on the wonder of the 1787 Philadelphia convention that created the Constitution.
‚ÄúStatesmen‚ÄĒand there were statesmen in those days‚ÄĒkept their word,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThere was never a golden age of political debate. It was always rancorous ‚Ä¶ but we must pay more attention to making it more principled, thoughtful, decent.‚ÄĚ...
Emily Belz wrote: The 76-year-old justice quietly lobbed a grenade at the current generation in politics. ‚ÄúEach generation is a trustee to the next,‚ÄĚ Kennedy said. ‚ÄúTrustees don‚Äôt grab all the assets for themselves.‚ÄĚ
He also described a troubling trend of ‚Äúmoral relativism‚ÄĚ in America: ‚ÄúRelativism leads to skepticism, skepticism leads to cynicism, and cynicism is corrosive to basic human values.‚ÄĚ
Unfortunately some his Romish training would make his reason flawed, He needs to make a Pilgrimage From Rome. He is at least aware of sophists.
Webster's 1913 Dictionary wrote: Sophism /Soph¬īism/... The doctrine or mode of reasoning practiced by a sophist; hence, any fallacy designed to deceive. When a false argument puts on the appearance of a true one, then it is properly called a sophism, or "fallacy". I. Watts. Let us first rid ourselves of sophisms, those of depraved men, and those of heartless philosophers. I. Taylor