Medical Ethics Darin Harootunian 9/26/11 3 The Non-Deductive Argument for Cultural Relativism (More Carefully Formulated) 1) Cultural Relativism (our hypothesis H) explain morality (the phenomenon to be explained) –in particular, it explains the nature of morality, our moral experience, the content of moral codes, the fact that different cultures have different moral codes, etc, where these particular things to be explained can be considered our observation claims, O1…On. 2) Cultural Relativism explains morality better than any available alternative theory of morality (i.e. better than any available alternative to hypothesis H) Thus, 3) Cultural Relativism is likely to be true. So after rejecting the CDA as deductively invalid, Rachels then targets this Non-Deductive Argument for Cultural Relativism. In the remainder of the paper, he directs a number of philosophical considerations against Cultural Relativism –intending to show that cultural relativism is an untenable ethical view
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