Moral Realism

Moral Realism - Philosophy WalkAre there moral facts and objective moral values, that are as real, and as certain, as the fact that 2 + 2 equals 4? 

If you want to say yes to this, that there are objective moral values that apply to everyone and that every situation has an inherent moral value of right or wrong, then you might find yourself in the camp of the moral realist.  There are some moral realists out there who say that science can tell us, or that we can empirically define what the morally right thing to do is.

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