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Explain different views about what people mean when they call a moral decision 'wrong'.

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Explain different views about what people mean when they call a moral decision 'wrong'. In Ethics it is very important to understand the language used and the ideas behind it. There are many different opinions about what the word 'wrong' means and this helps to explain why there are many different views about what people mean when they call moral decision wrong. The dictionary definition of the word 'wrong' in the Oxford English Dictionary is an adjective meaning 'not correct or true', something that is 'unjust, dishonest or immoral', or 'something contrary to ethics or morality'. It is very hard to define 'wrong' completely and accurately and with no doubt or argument. Ethics is study of wrong and right and people's moral choices and how they justify their points of view. Ethical language is the language people use to convey their points of view in a moral discussion. It is used to describe how right and wrong are perceived. There are many different types of ethical language and each has a slightly different approach to it. Through ethical language different people interpret the word 'wrong' in different ways to try and define and explain the different perceptions of the word. ...read more.


The Protestant Church however accepts a civil divorce as an end to a marriage and allows remarry in church. Another example of differing views on what is wrong in different religions is in the Islamic religion compared with western religions. The Muslim religion states that it is wrong for a woman not to be covered up when out in public and it is also wrong for a woman to read from the Torah during her period. These situations in other religions would not be considered wrong but in Islamic cultures it is seen as extremely wrong as well as disrespectful. These situations can also be seen as social issues and in the idea of relativism a situation is wrong if it goes against the society in which they live in laws and ideals. Peer groups and a person's upbringing will also have an affect on what someone will consider 'wrong' because as humans we adapt to the people around us to 'fit in'. Therefore the opinions of people close to us will have an impact on our opinions as to what is acceptable and what is unacceptable or 'wrong'. Religion despite sometimes giving rise to moral dilemmas also provides the believers which a standard to which they should aim to keep and a set of rules which help to give moral guidelines about what is right and wrong. ...read more.


The effects of a moral decision can have an impact on a wide range of people; including individuals, their friends and family, and the community or society as a whole. There are a great variety of views which people could have when they call a moral decision 'wrong', and what people want to mean when they use the word 'wrong' can depend of a wide range of factors. This therefore allows for many different meanings and definitions of the word 'wrong' and these can be influenced by a number of things from a persons religion to what is seen as the norm in the society in which they live and the people they are influenced by such as friends and family. Intuition, which is the instinctive feeling which helps a person decide if a moral decision is 'wrong' or 'right' within themselves will also play a part in what people mean when they say a moral decision is wrong. Due to human nature, free will and factors which can affect peoples judgement I believe people will always have differing opinions about what is 'wrong' when it comes to moral decisions and therefore it is very hard to come up with one definition of 'wrong' which can be applied to all moral decisions. ...read more.

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