Essay on Ethical Relativism : The Moral Relativism

1020 Words Feb 10th, 2016 null Page
If individuals had no moral values, everyone would be running around without a care in the world and solely worried about themselves. There would be no awareness for anybody or anything so we would turn into selfish human beings. Ethical relativism is “the doctrine that the moral rightness and wrongness of actions vary from society to society and that there are no absolute universal moral standards binding on all men at all times” (Pojman, 14). There are some moral values worldwide that are just adopted overtime and for that I will support Louis Pojman and what he states about ethical relativism being an incoherent theory, how it is much bigger than just individuals or even societies. I strive to hit on conventionalism and subjectivism, which have their up sides but ultimately diminish Pojman’s argument on ethical relativism.
In this section, I will review flawed points in the ideas of conventionalism and subjectivism as Pojman partially disagrees with what these ideas are saying. Subjectivism is defined by “all moral principles are justified by virtue of their acceptance by an individual agent him- or herself” (Pojman, 16). This is that every man for himself mentality and how morality is in the eye of the beholder. For example, Pojman states, “Adolf Hitler and the serial murderer Ted Bundy could be considered as moral as Gandhi” (Pojman, 17). This quote is absurd, as nobody in their right minds would put those three in the same sentence. The subjectivism point of view is…

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