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Unformatted text preview: James Rachels’ “The Challenge of Cultural Relativism” Darius (king of Persia) The Greeks (cremators) vs. the Callatians (body eaters) both found each other’s acts unforgivable. Different cultures have different moral codes. Eskimos- 250000 scattered usually more than one wife, wife sharing, wives could break arrangements and move on, believed in Infanticide. Cultural Relativism Universal truth is myth William Graham Sumner- ancestors pass on morals, folkways grant the notion of right. CR challenges our belief in objectivity and universality of moral truth Several thoughts that form CR 1. diff societies have diff moral codes 2. no objective standard can be one societal code better than another 3. the moral code of our society has no special status 4. “universal truth” doesn’t exist 5. the moral code of a society determines what is right within that society...
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- Fall '07
- Cultural Relativism, Cr, universal truth, diff moral codes