Is Morality Objective?

Updated on March 20, 2022 in Philosophy
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The United States Declaration of Independence declares that: “we hold these truths to be self-evident…” but are they?

The question of what is moral has been pondered since time immemorial. Records from the very first people to write anything down give moral advice. Since then, numerous others have suggested frameworks by which people should live their lives. These morals have been justified on a myriad of grounds, such as: they derive from God; they preserve the well-being of the soul; they must be applicable universally; or even that they can be reduced to mathematical expressions. Some even go so far as to argue that, despite, or perhaps because of, this diversity none of these moral frameworks are correct, as no moral truth is objective.

That is the central question of this debate. Is there such a thing as an objective morality?

Objective morality, for this debate, is defined as something that is measurable and true independently from different individual perceptions, emotions, beliefs and cultures, whereas a subjective morality derives solely from an individual and their context or society.

Can we reliably predict right from wrong? Or are morals simply derivative of a time and place, carrying no more weight than that of a strongly held cultural opinion?

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Does morality exist? 

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