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The Problem of Moral Relativism in Superhero Fiction

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MacLain Christie

on 20 April 2010

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Transcript of The Problem of Moral Relativism in Superhero Fiction

The Problem of Moral Relativism in Superhero Fiction MOther Teresa Adolf Hitler
Darkseid Superman What is Moral Relativism? "The truth or falsity of moral judgements, or the justification, is not absolute or universal, but is relative to the traditions, convictions, or practices of a group of persons."
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy The Argument Premise 1 If moral relativism is true, then there are many moral systems and no single moral system of all the moral systems is right or wrong, good or bad. Premise 2 If there are many moral systems and no single moral system is right or wrong, then there can be no single universal moral system that is right and good. Premise 3 If there is no single universal moral system, then it cannot be determined whether any of the evils in the world are right or wrong, good or bad Premise 4 It can't be that an evil is right and good Conclusion Moral Relativism is not true. The Story Watchmen - Veidt's plan to create world peace A side Argument Consequentialism The ends justify the means The ends justify the means, but they don't justify them as being good or bad To do good, is it sometimes necessary to do bad? Superhero Revisionism What should our concept of superheroes be? A superhero is a super powerful being who chooses to do good but is not free from moral flaws. Open question If nothing ends, should Veidt have accepted the fate of the world without intervention and left the preservation or destruction of mankind to the hands of God or some other force? The End
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