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There are no objective moral truths

When it comes to questions of morality, most people would agree that there are only subjective truths; this is because morality is viewed as intimately personal. It is difficult to conceptualize that there is one truth which is objectively moral. This brings me to ask if an objective moral truth can exist. Would an objective moral truth be one which is agreed to be moral by every single human being? This draws another question: if everyone agreed a moral truth to be true, would it be an objective moral truth?

Please add your input and opinions, I'm curious to hear your explanations and reasoning. Look forward to replying to all of you. Cheers!


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  • Mar 24 2013: Jerry,

    Yes, Perhaps "ethical truths" are easier to "locate"

    It surprises me how so many people are trying to find an "objective morality" in the outer world. As though it could exist on its own without mankind's participation in it. They look for it like a solid rock or a tree that stands there like an object in the outer world. Some exclaim even that there cannot exist a God without and objective morality that we all can set on our shelf and gaze upon like a photo copy of the 10 commandments.

    I think the problem lies in the two words. ... objective and morality. Firstly, because as I mentioned earlier, this is an oxymoron.
    Secondly, because the word morality is a "collective concept" that has no real meaning until one fills it with an example of some or another form of action. It's the action that gives the word meaning. Do you see what I mean by this?
    the word "beautiful" is also an example of this. It is an "abstract idea" We must give it a "concrete content" before we can say "this or that gives me an experience of beauty" If two people (or the whole word of people as Malissa questions) have an experience of beauty, say from a red rose, the two experiences are and have to be subjective. They belong to the individual who is observing the flower. Their feelings may be similar, but it does not qualify them to be "objective" ... also because only the individual having the experience can make the judgement upon him or herself as to whether or not they themselves experience something as beautiful. No one can directly experience another persons feelings.
    It surprises me that the highly respected Sam Harris allow himself to fall into this intellectual trap of trying to find an objective morality

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