3 - Cultural Relativism Descriptive Cultural Relativism...

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Cultural Relativism Descriptive Cultural Relativism (DCR) : the anthropological thesis that different societies sanction different behavior. Normative Cultural Relativism (NCR): the philosophical thesis that (i) moral judgments are meaningful only when applied to a specific society; (ii) what is morally right or wrong in a given society is determined completely by the traditions, customs and beliefs of that society. Note: complete / incomplete ethical claims: culture-index
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DCR describes what people in different societies BELIEVE about what is right and wrong. NCR makes a claim about what IS morally right or wrong in various societies. Q: Can NCR claims be true or false? NSR (Normative Subjective Relativism - subjectivism) focuses upon the beliefs and practices of individuals, rather than cultural traditions, beliefs, etc. as the determinant of right and wrong (person-index). Is NCR true?
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2011 for the course PHIL 111 taught by Professor Kain during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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