Have you ever thought about how you know if something is morally right or morally wrong? It feels like you ‘just know’ it. While you may have been taught things that are right and wrong, there are some things that you simply know, without being taught, that it is wrong. This is commonly called the moral law.
Objective Morality vs Subjective Morality
Morality refers to the principles and values that guide human behavior and decision-making. There are two main types of morality: objective morality and subjective morality.
Objective morality refers to the belief that moral principles and values are universal and objective, meaning they moral law is true regardless of what individuals or cultures believe. In other words, objective morality holds that there is a right and wrong that exists independently of human opinion. Proponents of objective morality argue that moral principles and values are grounded in reason, logic, and evidence, and that they can be discovered through careful reflection and study. They also argue that objective morality is necessary for a just and harmonious society, as it provides a common framework for determining what is right and wrong.
Subjective morality, on the other hand, refers to the belief that moral principles and values are personal and relative, meaning they are determined by individual or cultural beliefs. In other words, subjective moral law holds that there is no objective right or wrong, and that moral principles and values are simply a matter of personal opinion. Proponents of subjective morality argue that moral principles and values are a product of human experience, culture, and tradition, and that they can change over time. They also argue that subjective morality allows for diversity and flexibility in human societies.
It is worth noting that there is also a third approach, known as moral relativism, which is the belief that there are no objective moral truths, but that moral truths are instead relative to the individual or culture. This view is similar to subjective morality, but it takes the idea a step further by arguing that moral principles and values are not just personal or cultural, but that they are entirely relative.
The Problem With Subjective Moral Law
Ultimately there are several problems with subjective morality.
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