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What's the difference between moral relativism and moral absolutism?

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Moral absolutism and moral relativism are essentially opposite approaches to thinking about ethics and morality. Moral absolutists hold that some things are absolutely right or wrong no matter the circumstances. Moral relativists, on the other hand, believe that under some circumstances, some things might be morally acceptable, but not in others. 

What do we mean by "circumstances?" Relativists might suggest that morality is situational. Where a moral absolutist would hold that it is always wrong to lie, a relativist might argue that under some circumstances, lying is the moral thing to do, for instance if one was lying to protect another person. Stealing might be morally wrong under some circumstances, but stealing food to feed the hungry might be acceptable. Even war or killing might be acceptable if it is fought in...

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