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Moral Relativism vs. Moral Objectivism MR : all moral principles are valid relative to culture or individual choice. There are no universally valid moral principles. (MR Moral Skepticism : there are no valid moral principles at all.) MR : (1) subjectivism : morality is a personal decision (2) conventionalism : morality is a social decision MO : (some) moral principles are universally valid. The strongest form – moral absolutism : there is exactly one right answer to every question. A moral principle can never be overridden. A weaker form: moral principles are universally valid but not always applicable.
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Moral Relativism (Ethical Relativism) “Ethical relativism is the doctrine that the moral rightness and wrongness of actions varies from society and that there are no absolute universal moral standards binding on all men at all times. Accordingly, it holds that whether or not it is right for an individual to act in a certain way depends on or is relative to the society to which he belongs”. John Ladd
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2011 for the course PHIL 111 taught by Professor Kain during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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