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The study of the general nature of
morals and of the specific moral choices
to be made by a person.…read more

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Key Terms
Absolutist- action always either right or
wrong. No exceptions.
Relativist- rightness or wrongness
dependent on circumstances.
Deontological- actions intrinsically right
or wrong in themselves, regardless of
Teleological- action is right or wrong
depending on the consequences or
outcome of its situation.…read more

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Objective Views
Belonging to the object of thought
rather than the thinking subject
Don't have to be involved to decide
Believers of God
Moral value is universal and not relative
to social or individual difference.…read more

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Strengths and Weaknesses
Strengths Weaknesses
· Consistency in law · Inflexible
· Only one approach · Rules before people
· Saves time in deciding case · Should know peoples reasons,
sometimes end justifies the means.
· People know worldwide what is
wrong. · Not all situations and circumstances
· Everyone judged and treated the same.
· Mentally ill people? Innocent people?
· Doesn't lead to a better society
· Elitist and intolerant of other cultures
·Too rigid…read more

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Subjective Views
Belonging to the thinking subject
rather than the object of thought.
Cultural Relativism: culture of society defines
what is wrong and right.
Diversity Theory: diversity across and within
cultures show there is no one true morality
Dependency Theory: morality depends on the
culture you belong to. Cannot judge others.
Cannot be objective as we are the product of
our own culture.…read more

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