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    in the context of

    Ethical ideas are present in all societies, organizations, and individual persons, although they may vary greatly from one to another. Your ethics may not be the same as your neighbor's; one particular religion's notion of morality may not be identical to another's'; and what is considered ethical in one society may be forbidden in another society.
    These differences raise the important and controversial issue of ethical relativism, which holds that ethical principles should be defined in the context of various periods in history, a society's traditions, the special circumstances of the moment, or personal opinion. In this view, the meaning give to ethics would be relative to time, place, circumstance, and the person involved.

    Which does this "in the context of" describe? Just "various periods in history" or the whole set of others until "personal opinion"? I'd like to know if it means like this.
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    Ethical principles should be defined
    (in the context of ) various periods in history,
    (in the context of )a society's traditions,
    (in the context of )the special circumstances of the moment, or personal opinion.

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    #2

    Re: in the context of

    Maybe this is too complicated.

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    Re: in the context of

    Not a teacher.

    I believe you're right. I googled your sentence and found the original sentence '... the ethical principles should be defined by various periods of time in history, a society's traditions, the special circumstances of the moment, or personal opinion.' It seems that 'the ethical principles' are defined by the four things that follow.

    I have no idea how to explain the difference between the two. Could other members help explain?

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    Re: in the context of

    Yes, the "context" is understood by looking at all four of those factors.

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    #5

    Re: in the context of

    Please let me know where you found the original sentence. All I have is a printed material and I had a hard time typing into this website.

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    Re: in the context of

    On page 4 second last paragraph. Not sure this is the material you're reading. You can simply google the sentence.

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