[extropy-chat] Re: In defense of moral relativism

Mike Lorrey mlorrey at yahoo.com
Tue May 3 22:25:36 UTC 2005

This is the rotten core of moral relativism: that the only crime is
hypocrisy, that it is somehow impossible to judge one moral code
against another for greater or lesser adherence to objective truth.
When all morals are of equal validity, then any crime against humanity
is not only possible, but not to be condemned if one can rationalize a
moral position for it.

To condemn, say, the Nazis, for morally justifying their genocide, or
Pol Pot for his, or Mao, Stalin, you name it, is not moral relativism,
it is holding a standard, a conviction, of what is objectively moral or

--- Brian Lee <brian_a_lee at hotmail.com> wrote:
> I think the only morality that can be logically condemned in a moral 
> relativist system is that of hypocrisy. Since each person has their
> own 
> moral system they cannot be condemned. Unless they first profess
> their moral 
> system, then act contrary to it.
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Mike Lorrey
Vice-Chair, 2nd District, Libertarian Party of NH
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
                                      -William Pitt (1759-1806) 
Blog: http://intlib.blogspot.com

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