The Theories Of Moral Relativism And Moral Egoism To Discuss The Morality Of Lying

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This essay seeks to use the two theories; moral relativism and moral egoism to discuss the morality of lying. To facilitate the reader`s understanding it will firstly go along the line and portray the differences between the two theories by defining them. It will then critically analyse and discuss the theory of moral egoism and moral relativism alongside the morality of lying depicting on specific examples. Lastly, the essay will conclude with my own viewpoint on the said matter. A lie can be defined as a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood, something intended or serving to convey a false impression; imposture (Oxford Dictionary). Lying is a part of human nature; most humans for different reasons, in different conditions and situations speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, with intent to deceive. Specific situations at times require one to lie oneself out of a difficulty and studies have shown that lying is a skill…show more content…
Moral relativism teaches that there are no absolute moral truths; what is true for you may not necessarily be true for me. It believes and teaches there is no right or wrong, good or bad. Essentially, moral relativism says that anything goes, because life is ultimately without meaning. Words like "ought" and "should" are rendered meaningless. In this way, moral relativism claims to be morally neutral. Humanity have come to accept that in order for mankind to function properly then rules need to be established. Different societies, cultures and traditions have different beliefs and perceptions of what is right and wrong. They set up diverse principles to ensure that their citizens are good. These accepted principles develop in moral absolutes overtime. As consequence, people from different backgrounds and societies have different insights of right/wrong and how one should

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