Strengths and Weaknesses of Absolutism

Strengths and Weaknesses of Absolutism

Advantages

  • Gives fixed ethical code for actions to be measured by
  • One culture can judge actions of others (e.g genocide) as wrong and act on that judgment
  • Supportive of universal laws (e.g United Nations Declaration of Human Rights)

Disadvantages

  • Often seen as an impossible ideal
  • Seems intolerant of cultural diversity
  • All sources of morality are open to human interpretation - how do we know what absolute morals are?
  • Doesn't take circumstances of each situation into account

Evaluation

Absolutism gives fixed laws to apply to actions, but this can make it seem rigid. Furthermore, this theory can seem to be intolerant of modern cultural diversity, and so may be difficult to apply to real life ethical situations.

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