Think Ethics is Subjective? Think Again. And Again, and Again…
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Ethics is subjective if it depends on our beliefs. What is more controversial is to consider if the existence of ethics itself - what is right, wrong, good, bad, etc. depend on our beliefs.
When people say, "how you see the world is subjective," they mean "how you see the world depends on your experiences." This statement is about the basis or cause of a judgement/belief and not about the judgment itself nor what the judgment is about.
There are many other ways to have ethical beliefs:
Our experiences only inform our judgments, for better or worse.
An objective person will make a judgment independently of their personal interest. If they aren't distant from the judgment, they're subjective or biased.
If by saying "ethics is subjective", you mean everyone's ethical judgments are always biased, it may be false.
Thinking that ethics is subjective creates bad arguments.
People use the word subjective - and objective - in ways that lead to confusion, misguided conclusions, and failed attempts to convince someone that ethics matters. Thinking carefully about distinctions and words and concepts enables us to see the world more clearly, enabling us to draw better conclusions and decisions.
Consider this question: "How can I make ethically objective judgments when judgments are, by definition, subjective?"
There are many issues one can debate. In some of those debates, the correct answer is objective and in other issues, it's subjective. Or put another way, some issues are factual and others issues are non-factual.
When the issue being debated is factual, people can be wrong or incorrect. However, people can't be wrong when non-factual issues are debated, e.g. whether chocolate is better than vanilla.
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