RLS: Pakistan Honor Killings

Ethical relativism: “the theory that holds that morality is relative to the norms of one’s culture”.


Moral absolutism is an ethical view that “particular actions are intrinsically right or wrong”.

Can it really be argued that certain values are not universal?

How can we still argue that killing someone for honor is a cultural tradition that must be respected, particularly in the Middle East, as seen in the case of Pakistan?


There are undoubtedly certain values that must be considered universal. Honor killings, for example, are practices that must be abolished and viewed as the atrocious disrespect to human life that they are.

The moral absolutist theory supports that certain actions are intrinsically right or wrong and that they their morality shall not be based on relativity to one’s norm or culture.


The morality of taking the life of another is not argued based of cultural questions. It is simply wrong.

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