This is just a quick follow-up on David Morrow's earlier reference to RM Hare's claim never to have met an undergraduate who is actually a moral relativist. I had my first day of classes today, and I always start by having my students fill out a survey of their moral views heading into the course. I then had them to get into groups and briefly defend a position to the class on a survey item of their choice (just to get them into the "philosophical game"). Four groups (out of six!) spontaneously, and vehemently, defended moral relativism. When another student who I've had experience with before (and who has quite a bit of background in philosophy) made some of the usual moves against relativism -- pointing out, for instance, that relativism is inconsistent with genuine moral disagreement, genuine moral progress, etc. -- the groups uniformly bit the bullet on every count. They all agreed: there is no genuine moral progress, slaughtering Jews really was right-for-Nazis but wrong-for-us, and all moral disagreement and criticism are really just differences in individual or cultural "taste."
Maybe I'll find, as Hare's remarks suggest, that their relativism isn't genuine. However, I'm not too optimistic. Funny. Last term it was the March of the Divine Command Theorists. Looks like I have my work cut out for me yet again! (Ah, the beginning of a new semester).
I'm curious: what have all of your experiences been?