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Single Idea 20048

[catalogued under 20. Action / C. Motives for Action / 4. Responsibility for Actions]

Full Idea

In a relativistic notion of justification, in a particular system, there is a reason for a vandal to smash public property, even though, using an absolute conception of justification, there is no reason for him to do so.

Gist of Idea

There may be a justification relative to a person's view, and yet no absolute justification


Rowland Stout (Action [2005], 3 'The difference')

Book Reference

Stout,Rowland: 'Action' [Acumen 2005], p.40

A Reaction

I suppose Kantians would say that the aim of morality is to make your personal (relative) justification coincide with what seems to be the absolute justification.