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Explain Moral Absolutism. [25] Moral absolutism is a deontological view that certain actions are absolutely right or wrong, regardless of the context of the act.

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Explain Moral Absolutism. [25] Moral absolutism is a deontological view that certain actions are absolutely right or wrong, regardless of the context of the act. Thus lying, for instance, might be considered to be intrinsically wrong, even if done to promote some other good, for example lying with the intension to save a life. But this does not mean that it claims that there are fixed moral laws only that moral decisions are related to principles, that can be applied universally. Deontological ethics is concerned with nature of the acts themselves. They are right or wrong in themselves, they are not flexible. Where as teleological ethics is concerned with the end of result of the action, the consequences not the action itself. A person who followed this view would hold up the link between the action and the consequence as extremely important in decision the complete opposite to deontological ethics. Absolutism followers can argue that other cultures as certain things are right from an objective point of view and cannot change from according to culture. ...read more.


No matter what will be the result of these actions. This meaning that absolutism stands on the other side of the hill, metaphorically speaking, to ethical views like relativism, which are teleological ethical arguments. Relativism takes a situation and looks at the end product of what has happened and if that is a good consequence then it was a good moral decision. For instance there situations where theft could be considered a good moral decision if a parent where to steal food for their child because they couldn't provide for them this would be classed as a good moral decision as something good cam out of it. Unlike absolutism, Relativism doesn't take the actual action into account only the result of the action, which is in fact the complete opposite to absolutism, which never takes the consequences of an action into account and only ever the action itself. 'Moral Absolutism cannot be justified', Discuss. ...read more.


My last point brings me to a major question; if we are following intrinsic laws that are wrong in themselves they must have been wrong forever. Where have they come from? You can only really gain an answer for this if you are religious and believe a divine being that has put these rules upon our nature and world. However if you are a non-believer this is a very difficult question. Perhaps it has become because our society and inevitably culture. But times were once very different and things that we know see as wrong we would have happily done in the middle Ages. On the other hand absolutism is very easy follow. E.g. Lying is wrong. There is no if or buts that be given only that something is wrong and therefore you know you cannot do it. Absolutism can agree with universal laws, such as the declaration of human rights. As it is self can be universally applied and these do not take into account circumstances. Only that for instance everyone has the right to education. Etc. ...read more.

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