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Explain what is meant by Moral Relativism. Assess the strengths the weaknesses of situations ethics.

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  • Submitted: 16/12/2003
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Explain what is meant by Moral Relativism. Assess the strengths the weaknesses of situations ethics.

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Every choice we make is due to each person individual morality. Morality is concerned with the free choice of rational human beings. Relativism shows that there are no absolute moral rules and each situation needs to be examined individually. Therefore moral relativism is the belief that morality does not relate to any absolute standards of right and wrong but good and bad are dependant on culture and circumstance.

According to moral relativists there is nothing that is absolutely, invariably right or wrong, and there is no universal standard by which to measure our character or our actions. A course of action can therefore be right for a person but wrong for another or the some based on culture and society. Different views or interpretations can be equally valid for different people. They believe that everyone one should be tolerant of other people's beliefs and behaviour. By judging a situation on a case-by-case basis people can understand why in some cases murder is not always wrong.

But for every country there is a different

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