Absolute and relative morality

Key Points

Absolutist ethical theories

Moral relativism

Theories that can be either


Many books don't deal with 'absolute and relative ethics' as a separate topic. The following do:

Book Rating/5 Cover

AS/A2 Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics for OCR: Study Guide Bob Bowie- 3 pages on this, but with some nice features - glossary and critical comments in the margins, and exam questions too.

Ethical Studies (Second Edition) Bob Bowie - 12 pages, with chapter summary and excerpts. Describes Aristotle as a relativist - Nussbaum disagrees - he should acknowledge this! Doesn't list Fletcher or MacIntyre as relativists surprisingly.


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