Lazy Friday, so here’s a fun video from Peter Kreeft.
In it Kreeft offers half a dozen refutations of moral relativism, and then a similar number of proofs of absolutism. He doesn’t give arguments for this or against that particular moral belief of ethical practice; he merely shows that an ultimate standard of reference exists. What that standard is isn’t discussed.
Most arguments he uses are well known, but Kreeft has a brilliant way of using a minimal number of words to make his case. Yours truly has the opposite “talent.”
Be interested if anybody thinks they have a counter for any, or really for all, Kreeft’s points (for you must answer all if you disagree with him). If you make reference to any, try and point to the minute:second of the video in question, which makes it easy for the rest of us to follow you.
My own favorite is the obvious: relativism is self-refuting. It can’t even be phrased in a way that doesn’t cancel itself out. All arguments for relativism are variants of “It is absolutely certain there are not absolute moral certainties.” No relativist puts it so starkly. They instead cram a few hundred words between the first “absolutely certain” and the last, so many that the first is a distant memory by the time the last is reached.
Kreeft takes on more than just this simple refutaton, and has some fun doing it. Watch for his sly smile as he delivers one or two alliterativisms, if we may adopt this neologism.