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  • Difference Between Moral And Cultural Relativism
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    ARE MORAL STANDARDS RELATIVE Ethics are moral principles or values that specify acceptable conduct, and determine how an institution will be governed. According to Shanahan and Wang, in their book Reason and Insight, the subject of ethics is morality, which is concerned with the practices, judgments, principles, and beliefs that guide peoples actions. It attempts to address the issue of how we ought to live. Many people have different values that guide their lives, but some of these values are b...
  • Shaw Concerning The Relevance Of Cultural Relativism
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    Topic 1: Cultural Relativism Cultural relativism, as defined by Ruth Benedict in her article A Defense of Cultural Relativism, is the theory that human morality is based on the society in which an individual is a part of. The basis of a society morality comes from cultural traditions, habits, and what the majority believes to be right and wrong. Benedict uses her anthropological studies to support her ideas concerning cultural relativism. The theory of cultural relativism is criticized and quest...
  • Cultural Relativism Argument
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    Is morality Relative to culture? This argument's foundation is the basic question on whether morality is relative to culture, or owns own desires. The pros of this argument are that we get to establish whether or not morality is a true sense of justice. As Melville J. Herskovitz indicates who is in favor of the cultural relativism notion, "Morality is a diverse unique variation of codes and ethics threat arises from culture to culture, belief to belief". He argues that we cannot judge society ba...
  • Principle Of Cultural Relativism
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    Relativism The first clear statement of relativism comes with the Sophist Protagoras, as quoted by Plato, 'The way things appear to me, in that way they exist for me; and the way things appears to you, in that way they exist for you' (Theaetetus 152 a). Thus, however I see things, that is actually true -- for me. If you see things differently, then that is true -- for you. There is no separate or objective truth apart from how each individual happens to see things. Consequently, Protagoras says ...
  • View Of The Cultural Relativist
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    The year was 1943. Hundreds of Jewish people were being marched into the gas chambers in accordance with Adolf Hitler's orders. In the two years that followed, millions of Jews were killed and only a fraction survived the painful ordeals at the Nazi German prison camps. However, all of the chaos ended as World War II came to a close: the American and British soldiers had won and Hitler's Third Reich was no more. A certain ethical position would state that the anti-sematic Nazi German culture was...
  • Set Standard Of Morals And Ethics
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    Relativism: The Tangible Theory Since the beginning of rational thought, philosophers have searched for the true meaning of morality. Many theorists have attempted to answer this question with reasoning, in an attempt to find a universal set of rules, or away to distinguish right from wrong. Some theorists believe that this question is best answered by a single moral standard, while others debate if there can be single solution. Cultural Relativism explores the idea that there can be no one mora...
  • Ethnocentrism Cultural Relativism Ethnocentrism And Cultural Relativism
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    Ethnocentrism & Cultural Relativism Ethnocentrism and cultural relativism are two contrasting terms that are displayed by different people all over the world. Simply put, ethnocentrism is defined as "judging other groups from the perspective of one's own cultural point of view". Cultural relativism, on the other hand, is defined as "the view that all beliefs are equally valid and that truth itself is relative, depending on the situation, environment, and individual". Each of these ideas has foun...
  • Applies To The Conversation On Contextual Theology
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    Contextualizing theology is attractive, since it means responding very directly to our subjectivity and our culture. In such an important conversation, how can we avoid relativization? Or is relativization a basically sound and healthy approach to reading and thinking about theology and God? In contextual theology, it is almost impossible to avoid relativization. The mere reason being that as human beings, we are programmed to be slightly selfish, something that counts as a weakness at certain p...
  • In The Case Against Moral Relativism Pojman
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    The Case Against Moral Relativism. Pojman "Who's to judge who's right or wrong?" In the case against moral relativism Pojman provides an analysis of Relativism. His analysis includes an interpretation of Relativism that states the following ideas: Actions vary from society to society, individuals behavior depends on the society they belong to, and there are no standards of living that apply to all human kind. An example that demonstrates these ideas is people around the world eat beef (cows) and...
  • Principle Of Cultural Relativism
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    A Critique Of Cultural Relativism Essay, Research Critique Of Cultural Relativism A critique of cultural relativism In his article "Cultural relativism and cultural values', Melville Herskovits defines the principle of cultural relativism as "judgements are based on experience, and experience is interpreted by each individual in terms of his own enculturation' (26). This is the basic premise of cultural relativism, that beliefs, values, and morals are all based on one's culture. Therefore, since...
  • Ethical Absolutism And Relativism
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    Absolutism And Relativism Absolutism Absolutism And Relativism Essay, Research Paper Absolutism and relativism are two extreme ethical approaches to reality. While they are both valid and supported by facts, they are very contrasting in their views. Values are what a person cares about and thinks is worthwhile. For example, values can include life, love, religious faith, freedom, relationships, health, justice, education, family and many other things. Usually these values are what provides the p...

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