Thursday, August 9, 2007

What's Wrong with I.E.R. (5)

When we discussed cultural relativism, we acknowledged that one absurdity entailed in it is that what we call moral reformers would actually be immoral for acting against the dictates of their culture. Individual ethical relativism has a similar problem. If this view were true, no one could improve their morality. Upon reflecting deeply on an ethical issue, they could decide to change their view; but it would be incoherent to say that any change was an improvement. If there is no moral standard against which to compare one's current or past moral views, then it is meaningless to suggest that one is better than the other.

If it seems more reasonable that one can improve one's morality, then (again) moral relativism is an inadequate and inaccurate view.

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