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Dabbling with Ethics: How moral values impact of our immediate social environment?
Dabbling with Ethics: How moral values impact of our immediate social environment?

Author(s): Ilie Iulian Mitran
Subject(s): Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Social Philosophy
Published by: Timo Schmitz
Keywords: universal values; universalism:

Summary/Abstract: This paper had as a focal point the debate on the possibility of the con-struction of a set of ‘universal ethical norms’ that could guide the con-duct of anybody, regardless of their cultural background. From what we saw, values vary quite a lot, depending on the cultural environment that we are referring to; another issue derives from the fact that even if there is a number of values that are present all around the world, some may translate them quite differently into ethical norms than others. There is no set of guidelines that can offer a unitary way of translation of values into ethical norms, thus cultural discrepancies tend to get wider. One thing that we can do is that of listing the criteria that should act as a base for when we were to pick the ‘universal values’. Are those ‘universal values’ prone to give us pleasure and comfort? Will they be perceived in the same way in the majority of cultures? Should those norms be affiliat-ed to hedonist ideas? Should they be counter-natural norms, ones that ban us to do those things that bring us pleasure and comfort?

  • Issue Year: 1/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 44-51
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English