Ethical Objectivism And Ethical Relativism

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An individual’s ethics are the moral principles that person chooses to follow. In the realm of ethics, one ultimately establishes an ethical theory, or a theory that proposes ethical standards. The two main positions one must choose are either ethical objectivism or ethical relativism. Though there are arguments both in favor and against each perspective, the outlook one will adopt depends on the individual and his or her background. In order to choose a position, one must understand what ethical relativism and ethical objectivism are. After looking at and understanding both positions, one is able to make a logical decision about which position he or she believes is the correct one.
Ethical relativism is often defined with the simple phrase: “what’s right for you is not always right for me” (Cornman and Lehrer 365). Basically, to reject that the idea that any individual ethical claim should be universally accepted results in ethical relativity (Stace 139). This position can be even further broken down into the subcategories cultural relativism, class relativism, and historical relativism, and are basically saying that ethics are relative to one’s culture, one’s social class, or
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