‘Moral judgments are nothing more than expressions of personal preference. While there is some point to arguing about questions of fact, moral arguments are a waste of time. The only thing at issue is what people like or don’t like’. I have probably read this statement about a million times and still do not have any qualms against it.
Moral judgments are typically based on your upbringing, your likes, your religion (or non-religion), and numerous other aspects that make up your personality. Those listed traits and further attributions give you the basis of what you are going to feel morally to many issues such as: homosexuality, abortion, murder, stealing, etc. While many of us feel that we are always precise when making a judgment, this paper will show that no matter how hard we try; the above statement will always be true. In Rachels’ The Elements of Moral Philosophy; it states, “Ethical Subjectivism is the idea that our moral opinions are based on our feelings, and nothing more.” Ethical Subjectivism is what the topic statement is defining.
When you make a moral judgment, such as the following: I disagree with homosexuality; what is your basis for the judgment? Society, your parents, your religion – these are all things that round out your personal preferences. By making such a statement, you are in fact just stating your own opinion (which is an extension of your preferences).
On the Need for Normative Ethics: A study of Subjectivist thought Foremost is a brief description of Subjectivism, particularly Emotivism. Subjectivist thought rests on the idea that morality is a function of one's individual emotions, and that is all. The strength of Emotivism over other avenues of Subjectivism lies in its awareness of the other purposes of language. Rather than statements ...
In the dictionary, opinion is defined as: a belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof; in layman’s terms, it is a statement that is biased by your likes and dislikes. By using Ethical Subjectivism, it clearly explains why moral judgments are just a branch of your preferences.
Ethical Subjectivism is.” … a theory about the nature of moral judgments. It says that no matter what moral judgments we make, we are only expressing our personal feelings, and nothing more.” The topic statement also says.” … moral judgments are a waste of time. The only thing at issue is what people like or don’t like.” The fact of the matter is that the second part of the statement is absolutely true. What is the real point of arguing with someone over his or her moral judgments? If moral judgments are just an expression of our own preferences then we are really just trying to change what a person likes and dislikes.
When Rachels wrote his explanation of Falwell’s thought on homosexuality, he explained that: .” … Falwell says that homosexuality is wrong, he is not stating a fact about homosexuality. Instead, he is merely saying something about his feelings toward it.” David Fume has also said.” … morality is a matter of sentiment rather than fact.” It is hard to prove if homosexuality is wrong just as it is hard to prove that chocolate is the best flavor of ice cream.
It is just your point of view, your preferences and how you personally feel about the situation or topic. When reading about this essay, you will have your own beliefs if what I am saying is right, wrong or if you like or dislike the essay. The same goes when you state your opinion on many morally charged issues that face our society today. Your judgment on either this paper or an issue that faces today is mostly based on your likes or dislikes – if you like my writing style, if you like gays, if you dislike my writing style, if you dislike gays – those verdicts are all based on your preferences (albeit it – writing or sexuality).
You may personally feel that you are right, but someone who disagrees with you may feel that they are right. So who is right? ? ? No one.
Morality is a highly contested topic in every day life. It can be defined as a thought process of making decisions based on one’s beliefs or desires shaped by one’s culture. A right or wrong moral decision can therefore be said to be a product of culture and law stipulated in a constitution and applied in a certain jurisdiction. In everyday life, we are faced with challenges and situations that ...
When it comes down to a judgment that hands down a ruling on morals, no one is right – everyone is just stating their opinion. As long as this world turns, that will be the situation time and time again and the topic proclamation will always be true. BIBLIOGRAPHY 1. James Rachels, The Elements of Moral Philosophy 3 rd Ed.
McGraw Hill 2. Moral Skepticism – found at the Internet Encyopledia of Philosophy – web Dictionary. com.