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Positivism - Moral
(931 words)

Part of Positivism:

1. Philosophical

2. Moral

1. The concept. Moral positivism is not just the denial of universal, objective and changeless norms in the moral order. Whenever the good is reduced to definable norms and not left in the state of a general exclusion of the bad, there is always some change in standards. But moral positivism also rejects all absolute imperatives in morality, which might then in turn be formulated as changeless norms. No human acts are essentially good or bad, absolutely imper…

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Ireneo González, “Positivism - Moral”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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