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"All ethical statements are relative." By examining the justifications for-and implications of- making this claim, decide whether or not you agree with it.

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"All ethical statements are relative." By examining the justifications for-and implications of- making this claim, decide whether or not you agree with it. The past one hundred years bombarded society with quite a few ethical dilemmas. A widely accepted view about an ethical statement is to be defined as a statement that concerns "[the] rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the members of a profession" (American Heritage). While our society progressed and aimed for new and greater things so did our curiosity about nature and in that time many leaders experimented for the benefit of science and progress, regardless of ethics. The end of the twentieth century brought about a different perspective on life; one in which society began questioning ethics and the correctness of every action taken. Although this new trend of ethics has been creating guidelines and moral grounds, many argue that "all ethical statements are relative". Sociologically it is common to say that people see the world differently depending on the language they speak, the country they live in, their family and their friends, and of course their personal experiences. This provides evidence for the claim that culture has an impact on how all human beings view the world and therefore the laws they abide by. ...read more.


in ethics. Does this make ethical statements relative? In certain situations are they to be upheld, while in others downplayed? That argument can be used in different contexts. The logic behind ethics is completely different from that of the sciences or the mathematics. Science is based on a set of axioms that are really blind facts. The axioms are considered true, and are universal; whereas, ethics there are no universal sets to base decisions on. While directly looking at the statement, "all ethical statements are relative," one can analyze the relativity. Wittgenstein, a Cambridge philosopher from the mid-1900's, tells us to look at the actual language of a statement in order to perceive its message. Statements are a lot like word games to him. The phrase states that all ethical statements are relative. In this case, saying "My cow has no value" is relative. This may be so because followers of Hindu in India believe that the cow is sacred. So it seems that all ethical statements may be relative. It is essential to analyze just the statement and then the justifications for it. Take another statement now, "All human beings have value." This statement may seem logical to us at the moment, but would it seem equally logical if we were to say this to our foes. ...read more.


Yes. The relativity of the statement depends on the set time in which it is made. Although our society has set up controls to base citizens' ethical guidelines, as mentioned previously, aren't all ethics personal? Aren't ethics what guide our personal decisions? Yes. Personal ethics are what guide us, and the similarity between the ethics of each person in society is what allows for a uniform set. By looking at the differing justifications for ethical relativity I would have to side with the statement that "all ethical statements are relative". By evaluating that ethics change over time, and that our perceptions of them change frequently it seems that claiming them to be concrete is incorrect. To me, it is difficult to differentiate between ethics and laws. Although I experienced this difficulty, that laws tell us what is to be done and enforce it while ethics are our guidelines, different cultures have different frames of mind, and show different ethics. In summation, the statement, "all ethical statements are relative," has many justifications and implications on society as a whole. This statement has effects on our globe for future generations, just as it did for past generations. By looking at the justifications for it, and its counter argument, I have come to the conclusion that "all ethical statements are relative". Our ever-changing global scenario gives statements as these extreme importances. ?? ?? ?? ?? 4 Gonzalez 1 ...read more.

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