moral relativism strengths and weaknesses

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  • Created on: 01-10-13 14:50
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  • Moral Relativism
    • Strengths
      • Flexible
      • Case by case
      • allows for different cultural practices
      • allows for changes/ development
      • circumstances taken into account
      • may produce a more humane result
      • can potentially reach an ultimately better outcome
      • focuses on people and gives them responsibility for their own actions
    • Weaknesses
      • inconsistent
      • emotionally based
      • actions cannot be criticised
      • no guidelines to follow
      • can be easily taken too far (extreme)
      • too subjective
      • existence of different views does not make them equal
      • can be used maliciously
      • could become an absolute in itself
      • difficult to apply
      • some absolutes may be necessary and are already subconconciously put in place

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