Moral relativists are usually vague about what is to count as a society. For instance, within contemporary Britain there are certainly members of subcultures who believe that it is morally acceptable to use banned drugs for recreational purposes. At what point will a relativist be prepared to say that the members of these subcultures form a separate society, and so can be said to have their own morality which is immune to criticism from other cultures? There is no obvious answer to this question.

What does "at what point" mean?

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In this context, "At what point" means "when" or "under what conditions".

More generally "At what point" asks when in a process or sequence , or where in going from one place or thing to another, some distinction is mad, some boundary is crossed. It asks for a dividing point or boundary within a continuum.

  • Many thanks! I get it now!
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    Commented Aug 18, 2021 at 4:47

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