Ethics Defined: Moral Pluralism


Moral Pluralism Moral pluralism is the idea that there can
be conflicting moral views that are each worthy of respect. Moral pluralists tend to be open-minded when
faced with competing viewpoints. They analyze issues from several moral points
of view before deciding and taking action. Moral pluralists believe that many moral issues
are extremely complicated. Thus, no single philosophical approach will
always provide all the answers. For example, assume a building is on fire. A woman has the opportunity to rush inside
and save the children trapped in the burning building. But in doing this she may die, and leave her
own child an orphan. A moral pluralist would conclude that there
is no definitive way to decide which is the better course of moral
action. Indeed, moral pluralism declares that it is sometimes difficult to choose between competing values. So, moral pluralism occupies a sensible middle
ground between “there is only one right answer” as moral absolutism says, and “there is no wrong answer” as moral relativism claims.

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