ethical relativism

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The view that the truth of ethical claims is relative to the culture or way of life of those who hold them. It thus generalizes to all of ethics what may reasonably be supposed true of matters of etiquette, summed up in the tag ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do’. The doctine is not easy to formulate althought its spirit appeals especially to people afraid of the imperial ambitions which they detect in Western liberalism.

Subjects: Philosophy.

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