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Moral Beliefs Systems Overview - Chapter Summary
This collection of engaging video lessons offers expert instruction on various moral belief systems. You can expect to study the basic concept of morality, as well as the primary components of moral realism, nihilism, relativism and subjectivism. The chapter is available to study at any time, and we encourage you to take the accompanying self-assessment quizzes to retain your understanding of the material. The chapter can also be accessed on any device that has an Internet connection. When you're finished, you should be able to:
- Assess the sociological, psychological and theological reasoning behind morality
- Discuss truth and reasoning in moral realism
- Make arguments for and against moral nihilism, moral relativism and moral subjectivism
1. Why Be Moral? - Sociological, Psychological & Theological Reasoning
What makes people act good or bad? This might seem like a simple question, but it has a very complex answer. In this lesson, we'll examine theories of morality based in sociology, psychology, and theology.
2. Moral Realism, Truth & Reasoning
Morality is a complicated subject, but all of the arguments really boil down to one question: do morals actually exist? In this lesson, explore one side of this debate, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
3. Arguments For & Against Moral Nihilism
Like most philosophical theories, moral nihilism has supporters and opponents, and each have strong arguments. Explore the arguments for and against moral nihilism, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
4. Arguments For & Against Moral Subjectivism
Where do we look for moral truth? This is a tough question, and everyone has a different answer. Explore the position of moral subjectivism and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
5. Arguments For & Against Moral Relativism
Moral relativism is just one of many philosophical arguments about right or wrong, and so it has many supporters and many opponents. Explore each point of view and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
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Other chapters within the Philosophy 102: Ethics in America course
- Introduction to the Study of Morality
- Ancient Greek Views on Ethics & Philosophy
- Morality in Western Religion
- Natural & Moral Law Theories
- Consequentialist vs. Non-Consequentialist Philosophies
- Ethical Issues in Life & Death
- Economic Inequality & Morality
- Philosophical Theories Behind the Justice System
- Moral & Ethical Issues in Peacetime vs. War
- Human Rights Ethics & Morals
- Ethical Issues in Relationships & Sexuality
- Bioethics Impact on Medicine & Morality
- Ethics & Morality in Business
- The Environment & Ethics