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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 27 2013: Thanks for the input Tedsters, I will start replying shortly.

    A lot of the comments, especially the earlier ones, have taken a direction which I did not intended when I proposed my question. Perhaps a thought which we can ponder is this: everything in reality exists as it is. Everyone's perception may vary, but this does not change the actual nature of the object. An idea which I have been playing around with is that moral truths exist in the same way. Why should we assume that something like morality exists entirely subjectively, while the rest of reality is objective? It is a strange and counter-intuitive reasoning but this is a forum of philosophy, so it is permissible. Our inability to identify objective moral truths does not rule out the possibility that they exist. For example, the sky is the sky, is the sky. For some people, the sky is blue; for some people with color blindness, it may be a shade of gray; this does not change the actual nature of the sky. Perhaps objective moral truths exist in the same way.

    What is your argument against this?
    • Mar 28 2013: Are you asking for proof of a negative, that there cannot be objective moral truths? Because if you are, I will respectfully decline. I have yet to see, far less formulate, a successful negative proof.
      Of course, it immediately follows that I cannot prove that there cannot be a negative proof. :-)

      More to the point of this thread, are you hoping for declaratory axioms such as George QT proposes in his #1 and #2, below, or would statements of relative value, such as his #3-#5 be sufficient?

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