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Moral realism is described as the belief that morale is not dictated by societys acceptance at a given point in history It is actually the belief that good morals have an absolute right and wrong to them This is the belief that in this universe they is a standard set for all and even when we as humans fall short the standard is still there One person who believed this was the seventh-century thinker by the name of Richard Cumberland He discussed these matters in his 1672 published work De Legibus Naturae or The Laws of Nature In the work the law of nature is defined as propositions of unchangeable Truth which direct our voluntary Actions about choosing Good and Evil and impose an Obligation to external actins even without civil Laws and laying aside all Considerations of those compacts which constitute civil government IEP 2001 In laymans terms the law of nature as far as morals go is not relative or subject to change with society because we possess an undeniable instinct that tells us when we are doing something evil or immoral regardless to whether there is a civil law about it or not An example of this would be stealing a loaf of bread to feed your hungry family Even though you know that you a doing evil to help your family live you know you are doing wrong even if its for a good cause The fact that you feel this attack of conscience even if its just for a split second proves that the law of nature that says stealing is an evil and the knowledge to discern between good and evil is the same in everyone Therefore it is not relative In this work he in detail discusses eternal and immutable principles regulative of voluntary action Ferm 1956 Cumberland believes that morals are based on the evidence of sense and experience Edwards 1967 In other
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