Essay about The Theory Of Moral Relativism

1047 Words Jul 6th, 2015 5 Pages
Throughout this course I have studied a numerous amount of theories. In this paper I will be sharing a handful of theories that I have studied. I will also compare and contrast some of the theories. The first theory that I came across was the theory of Moral Nihilism, also called ethical nihilism. Moral Nihilism is the belief that there are no moral truths. Moral nihilism would be consistent with an atheistic, materialistic worldview with no transcendent being who informs us about what is right and wrong as a revelation of his character. People who hold to this belief see values of good or bad as having no meaning. This does not mean they do not preferences as to certain behaviors, but the foundations of such preferences would be based solely upon a person’s likes or dislikes. In contrast to this theory, you have the theory of Ethical Subjectivism. Ethical subjectivism is the theory asserting that morality is an emotional response a person has towards any act. The theory of moral nihilism differs from ethical subjectivism because ethical subjectivism allows moral statements to be true or false in a non-objective sense, but do not assign any static truth-values to moral statements. (Philosophy basics, 2008). In comparison to the ethical subjectivism, ethical relativism is the theory that moral values are relative to the time and place in which a person lives. This means society at large constructs the moral beliefs of a particular society. Therefore morality depends…

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