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Ethical relativism is a concept in which most simple minded individuals adhere to. As a broad definition, ethical relativism is a theory where morals are determined by each person rather than a general census. This can be divided up into two parts; ethical subjectivism and cultural relativism. Ethical subjectivism is described as moral judgments based on an individual’s personal values and feelings. To go beyond the individual, cultural relativism is a theory where beliefs are juxtaposed with his or her society. Ethical relativism may be justified occasionally; however it contains several dangerous flaws and is in need of a stronger backbone. William H. Shaw’s essay, “Relativism in Ethics”, examines this theory and provides comprehensive examples on why relativism is a weak method in gaining morals. Shaw opens the essay by giving an obvious and unconvincing example. He compares abortion in two different societies; it is absolutely wrong in Catholic Spain, but widely accepted in Japan. Most readers would agree that this occurs and abortion is a topic that the world will most likely never come to agreeing terms with.
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