What Is Ethical Relativism?


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Ethical relativism is that each individual has a different notion of reality and ascribes to different nuances of faith and a value system. Since the subjective experience of all people varies, therefore the values that define change from person to person. What may be ethical to one person may not be ethical to another person. Take the case of homosexuality for example, some people consider it as healthy as any other heterosexual relationship but in the case of others many hate it and often condemn it quite unceremoniously. Likewise, the set of guiding principles that regulate our behavior and define our moral fiber are only indigenous to our current circumstance, our mental and emotional makeup and our own person experience. Ethics is a purely subjective construct and though there may be archetypes and universal symbolism involved much of it is based on personal choice and intrinsic belief systems.

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