The Observer is a Student-run, daily print & online newspaper serving Notre Dame & Saint Mary's. Learn more about us.



Morality discussion – Circular judgment

Letter to the Editor | Monday, November 19, 2007

This is a response to Kevin Sherrin’s letter on moral relativism (“Absolute moral code not necessary for moral behavior,” Nov. 18). Mr. Sherrin writes: “By claiming that no universal standard of morality exists, moral relativists allow themselves to judge the goodness of actions by whatever standard they choose.” While that may be the case, such a judgment is circular. When relativists judge by whatever standard they choose, they are making a judgment call between competing standards. In the end, either their method of decision is reducible to an absolutely correct standard or their judgment is reduced to mere opinion.

Matthew BalkeyfreshmanDillon HallNov. 19