Jackofalltrades phil wrote:
I agree with ken....... morality is dependent on our background.
so, Morality is not absolute, it is relative. But that should not be construed as saying that morality is not universal.
If morality is relative, as you say, then how can it also be universal? I guess I don't understand those terms very well (which is not surprising, since neither term is the name of anything clear). And, what would it be like for morality to be absolute, since I really don't know what it is you have in mind by that term either? My moral beliefs are conditioned by my background and education. But how else could it be? What would it even mean for my moral beliefs not to be conditioned by my background and education?
But, although it is true that my moral beliefs
are conditioned (or relative, or whatever) that is a lot different from saying that morality itself is conditioned (or relative, or whatever). Moral beliefs are one thing. Morality is another thing. Now, it is true that you may believe that all there are, are moral beliefs, and that there is no morality, so that my moral beliefs are really about nothing. And you may be correct. But that really has to be argued for. You cannot just assume it is true, or worse, confuse my moral beliefs with what they are supposed to be beliefs about.