What Is Moral Relativism?


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Moral relativism is a perspective that views moral judgments as subjectively related to context, such as cultural setting or time and place in history. Moral relativism maintains there is no universal objective set of moral guidelines.

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Moral relativists assert that the actions of different cultures should not be morally judged by outsiders, and no sets of moral values and guidelines are superior to others. For example, moral relativists would advise against an American judging a foreigner as morally wrong for eating cat or dog meat if it is a cultural norm to do so in that person's homeland. Among the criticisms of moral relativism is the assertion that tolerance is the backbone of the perspective, and moral relativists are inadvertently promoting tolerance as a universally moral concept.

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