Medical Ethics Darin Harootunian 9/30/11 1 For many of you, the issues discussed here will be difficult to understand. I don ’ t expect you to understand them perfectly, or even much at all. But I promised to share with you better arguments against Cultural Relativism, and I offer you these arguments here. These arguments are well-known objections to Cultural Relativism. For those of you who aren ’ t familiar with ethics, linguistics, and philosophy of language, the arguments will likely seem strange and unsatisfying. Keep in mind that there are many issues behind these arguments that you haven ’ t considered. “The Challenge of Cultural Relativism,” James Rachels (Part 4 ) In the section, “ The Consequences of Taking Cultural Relativism Seriously, ” Rachels presents three arguments against Cultural Relativism: 1) the Argument of Inter cultural Criticism, 2) the Argument of Intra cultural Criticism, and the Argument of Moral Progress. Many of you initially found these arguments compelling.
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