Absolutism and Relativism

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What is absolutism?
A moral judgement that relies on a fixed truth, the rule is true in all situations, and there is no room for manoeuvre. It pays no regard to consequences. For example, stealing is always wrong.
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List three positives of absolutism?
1) Universal Code to measure everything against. 2) Easy to apply. 3) People often instinctively take an absolutist approach.
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List three negatives of absolutism?
1) Does not consider circumstances. 2) Does not consider different cultural attitudes. 3) Does anyone know what the absolute morals are?
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What is relativism?
A moral judgement that considers circumstances, it is related to the situation, and not based on any fixed rules. No specific action is good or bad, only by weighing up the situation can a judgement be made.
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List three positives of relativism?
1) It is flexible. 2) It allows people to take responsibility. 3) Accommodates different cultures.
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List three negatives of relativism?
1) Judgements will be different for different people, so people wont agree. 2) Some things are definitely wrong without decision, like homicide. 3) It is difficult to apply.
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