Difference Between Subjectivity And Cultural Relativism

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Ethical subjectivity and cultural relativism both form part of moral philosophy. In this essay I will be discussing both the definitions of subjectivity and cultural relativism, the relationship between the two, as well as what the implications of these ethical positions are in terms of classroom practices. Ethical subjectivism is defined as a philosophical concept which proposes that moral truths are determined on an individual level. In subjectivism there are no objective moral properties. Moral statements are just factual statements about the attitude the speaker holds on a particular issue. In other words, ethical subjectivism has no principle. Human emotions or feelings are the principles. Some claim that right and wrong are matters of opinion, what amounts as morally good or morally bad is “subjective”. So how one feels helps decide what is right and what is wrong. David Hume states that subjectivism creates a wide gap between ‘is’ (facts) and ‘ought’ (Individual beliefs). There are various advantages of ethical subjectivism, for example, it places emphasis on the human right ‘freedom of opinion’. I say this because this theory allows for people to express their own opinion instead of depending on society to provide an opinion. Subjectivism echoes the connection between morality and people’s emotional state and opinions. This theory may also allow two parties participating in a moral disagreement to realize that they are not arguing about objective certainties, but

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