Is morality objective or subjective?

Should you think about your duty, or about the consequences of your actions? Or should you concentrate on becoming a good person?

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Peter Holmes
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Re: Is morality objective or subjective?

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Belinda wrote: Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:29 am Right.

'Morality' has at least two usages.
1. Cultural systems of personal and political governance.(Sociological, historical, and anthropological)

2. Evaluation of the above, especially personal morality of people other than oneself.(Gossip)
Thanks, Belinda. And just to run with your distinction.

That we have developed - and are still developing - 'cultural systems of personal and political governance' is true. It's a fact. But it isn't a moral fact - because there's no such thing.

And that we can and do evaluate - make moral evaluations - is also true. It's a fact. But, again, it isn't a moral fact - because there's no such thing.

A fact is just a state-of-affairs that is or was the case (or a description thereof). The idea that there could be a moral state-of-affairs that is or was the case - such as the moral rightness or wrongness of abortion, capital punishment or eating animals - is completely incoherent.
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