Chapter 11. Existentialism
Section 4. Problems with Existential Ethics

The most basic difficulties with an existential approach to moral decision making are:

1. Existentialist ethics promote individualist ethics and subjectivism.

2. Existentialist ethics cannot resolve conflicts between individuals or groups in terms of the basic ethical principles.

3. There are no absolute rules and no duties and no universalizing of morals.

4. The existentialist approach leads to a situation in which the only and most likely resolution of conflicts would be through a use of physical force.

A Christian and Biblical Critique of Existentialist Ethics:


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