absolutism and relativism

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  • Created on: 19-03-14 22:05
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  • moral absolutism
    • moral relativism
      • more popular than absolutism
      • according to protagoras the punishment is dependent on the time and the place
      • religion and culture can also help
      • subjective based on personal opinion and there is no fixed rule
      • it is flexible
      • it focuses on the individual
      • allows people to take responsibility for their actions
      • judgements are always subjective
      • it will become very hard for everyone to agree
      • no progression of society
      • killing always has to be wrong no matter what
      • more difficult to apply than relativism
    • absolute= true in all situations
    • things that are right or wrong no matter what the consequences
    • deontological ignores the consequences eg stealing is always wrong in an circumstance
    • objective- absolute value system eg murder is always wrong
      • 1 duty to god 2 duty to other 3 duty to property
    • universal code to measure everything
    • enables the un bill of rights
    • easy to apply
    • lots of people take an absolutist approach eg murder is always wrong
    • it doesnt consider the consequences
    • no concern for the motive or the outcome
    • how do we know what absolute moral are


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