Medical Ethics Darin Harootunian 9/30/11 2 Take C 2 to be Sally’s culture. Cultural Relativism says, John’s claim , “Genocide is morally right,” is equivalent to “Genocide is right-according-to C 1 , ” which is simply a claim about what C 1 says – what’ s in C 1 ’s “ moral book .” Sally ’s claim, “Genocide is morally wrong,” is equivalent to “Genocide is wrong-according-to-C 2 , ” which is simply a claim about what C 2 says – what’ s in C 2 ’s “ moral book .” Here is the problem. We think that if ever there were a moral disagreement, John and Sally are having one right now – one is saying genocide is morally right, and the other is saying genocide is morally wrong! But a logical consequence of Cultural Relativism, to the surprise and chagrin of the cultural relativist himself, is that John and Sally a ren’t disagreeing – that it’s not even possible for them to disagree ! A disagreement is this: One person says p , another says not p . John’s claim and Sally’s claim don’t amount to p and not p . Rather, John is saying
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