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What is moral relativism?


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Moral relativism is a theory of morality, and what we are doing when we make moral statements.

The pure view claims that moral standards are not absolute or universal, but instead are generated by social customs and other sources.

Relativists hence see moral values as applicable only within certain boundaries, which may be geographic or temporal. Hence, the morality of the ancient Greeks is no more applicable now than the Westernised moral system is applicable to a small isolated tribe in the middle of nowhere who, perhaps, still practice cannibalism.

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