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Ethical Relativism. What is right for you may not be right for someone else. What is Ethical Relativism?. No moral standard exists Moral values are grown by one’s own culture All points of views are equally valid. Continue…. Individuals determine what is true and relative to them

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ethical relativism

Ethical Relativism

What is right for you may not be right for someone else.

what is ethical relativism
What is Ethical Relativism?
  • No moral standard exists
  • Moral values are grown by one’s own culture
  • All points of views are equally valid
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Continue…
  • Individuals determine what is true and relative to them
  • Truth is different for different people
  • What is right for you, may not be right for someone else
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  • No moral absolutes
  • No moral right and wrong
  • One thinks and acts by own cultures and knowledge
contributions
Contributions

Friedrich Nietzsch

Rejected the idea that human beliefs mirror reality

Each persons belief is grounded by a perspective

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  • No evidence of proving one argument over another
  • Try to understand ethical morality by education
  • There are no moral facts, but moral interpretation
criticism of ethical relativism
Criticism of Ethical Relativism
  • Suicide – positive if you mean well
      • Kamikaze
      • Differing Religions – give to higher power, self sacrifice
      • Americans and Christians believe it as sin
c s lewis
C.S. Lewis
  • C.S. Lewis argued that the existence of rules, which determine what is right and wrong, is evidence for universal morality.
r m hare 1919 2002
R.M. Hare (1919-2002)
  • Moral preposition remain subject to human logic
  • Not solely by cultural or religious standard
  • Doesn’t deny moral facts, but human logic applies to moral decisions
current dilemma
Current Dilemma
  • Japanese Case Study
    • 35 year old Japanese woman living in CA
    • Japanese culture
    • Murder of her children
    • Attempted suicide
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What caused this to happen?

Why was this right for her?

Husband was having an affair relationship

Honorable thing to do in her culture (boshi-shinju)

Not live with the lack of dignity

Why was this wrong?

  • She drowned her (2) children, murder
  • She lives in the United States, not Japan
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Why was this wrong?

  • She drowned her (2) children, murder
  • She lives in the United States, not Japan
questions
QUESTIONS
  • What is a society?
  • What is considered to be normal and justifiable?
  • Is it right to judge someone’s actions if they believe that it is right or because it is part of their culture?
sources
Sources
  • http://www.japanpsychiatrist.com/Abstracts/Shinju.html
  • http://en/wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_relativism#What_constitutes_a_society.3F
  • http://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/decision/ethicalrelativism.html
  • http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/194016/ethical-relativism/242045/critisisms-o...