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6) What do you understand by absolute good and relative good? Explain with examples.(250 words)

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Topic : Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics.

6) What do you understand by absolute good and relative good? Explain with examples.(250 words)

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Why this question:

The question is direct and aims at analyzing  the difference between absolute good and relative good.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must explain how absolute good and relative good are different from each other, what is the correlation between the two.

Directive word:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the  particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:


Introduce with importance of doing good in ethics and moral conduct.


Explain that – There is no absolute good or bad thing. It is always in relative terms and could be having place, person or situation value. A bad thing termed by many could be best for some. At the same time, the worst thing as  perceived by many may be the best one. It depends upon the person, situation or place.

Nothing at all, it is only in the eye-of-the-beholder. Absolute morality (or fixed rules morality) is not a flexible enough tool to adequately guide moral behavior through real life. It leads to a lot of contradictory behavior, because it has no “give” to accommodate the complexities of our lives.


Conclude that Nothing is absolute; all is relative, since any thought or actions cannot be seen outside of the context in which they exist or happen. The good or bad we know or perceive is heightened by our experiences or senses, and that there is no way of arriving at a universal adage.