AS Philosophy - Absolutism and Relativism

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  • Created on: 28-03-13 18:39

Absolutism – a rule which is true in all situations; it is universal. Deontological (concerned with the act and not the outcome).


  • Clear to understand
  • Provides a universal code
  • Easy to apply compared to relativism
  • Allows us to have UDHR
  • In some situations we instinctively end up taking an absolutist approach e.g. murder is wrong
  • Objective – judgements are based on fixed rules which are part of an absolute and impartial system


  •  What if it’s hard to apply to a certain situation? It depends on the circumstances
  • Someone’s idea


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