Relitavisim and Absolute Morality

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Calum Miller Ethics 1) Explain the difference between absolute and relative morality (25) I am going to be looking at two different moral states, absolute and relative which both have very different ways of interpreting weather and action is moral or not and comparing them to each other. Before looking at the differences between the two types of morality we must first define what each of them are and how they apply to ethical theories. The first type of morality I am going to look at is absolute morality which is when something is considered always good or bad with no in-between or room for compromise, an example of absolute morality would be the opinion that stealing is wrong no matter what and that can never change as it is seen as intrinsically wrong. Absolute morality often is found within deontological ethical theories such as natural moral law which is taken from the catholic view on morality which also follows an absolute view on morality which is seen with their attitude towards homosexuality where they have followed the same ridged opinion for centuries. Natural moral law says that we should follow the 5 primary precepts that apply to everyone and must be followed in order for a person to be deemed morally right. A Strength of absolute morality is that it provides a clear and fixed rule that removes any confusion as an action is either intrinsically good or intrinsically bad and it cannot be anything else. While this form of morality has its strengths there are also serious flaws such as by applying it too strictly could allow people to un intentionally commit evil acts because they are not required to consider the consequences of their actions. An example of where it could be used un intentionally used for evil would be if you believed that stealing was intrinsically wrong but you saw a starving child on the street but you had no money on you, an
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