Cultural Relativism

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Rachels on Cultural Relativism James Rachels provides a very througho analyisis of Cultural Reletivism in his paper “The CHalange of Cultrual Relativism”. In the essay Rachels disiects the underlying form of argument and logic that is used by cultural relaticists . James Rachels critical evaluation of Cultural Reletivism in his essay “The Challagne of Cultrua Reletism”, demonstrates not only that the basic cultural elevistims argument is fallatious, but also provides us with practical moroal problems with the theory. Cultural Reletivism is the theory that the actions of a clutre should be morally evaluated within the context of that culture. There is no objective moral “truth” in morality. Good and bad are essentially matters of opinion, and because opinions differ form culture to culture, there can be no objective truth. Rachels provides the examples of corpse desecration and infanticide among others, but we only need to look to something as simple as the age one is allowed to drink alcohol. In French culture it is common for paents to give children as young as twelve a glass of wine to drink with dinner, whereas in the United States such a practive could very well land a parent in jail. Each culture would find thie actions of the other wrong. This leads to the conclusion that there is no objective standard of right and
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This note was uploaded on 06/26/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Brown during the Spring '08 term at San Diego.

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