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Medical Ethics Darin Harootunian 9/30/11 4 Now let’ s consider the final argument the Argument of Moral Progress. This argument is simply an extension of the preceding argument the Argument of Intra cultural Criticism. It can be said that to morally criticize one’s own culture is to urge moral progress on an issue. But as we saw a moment ago, Cultural Relativism renders moral criticism of one’s own culture incoherent. So, one can’t coherently urge moral progress in one’ s own culture. The Argument of Moral Progress (Improved) 1) If Cultural Relativism is true, then moral progress is impossible. 2) It’s not the case that moral progress is impossible. Thus, 3) Cultural Relativism is false. ( Modus Tollens
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Unformatted text preview: , 1, 2) Argument for Premise 1: Suppose Sally believes that her culture needs to make moral progress in granting civil rights to women . Sally can’t coherently morally criticize her own culture. (See the Intra cultural Criticism A rgument.) If one can’t coherently morally criticize one’ s own culture, no moral progress can be made – moral progress is impossible. But moral progress is not impossible. Moral progress has occurred, and the extension of civil rights to women is perfect example of it. This is the rationale for Premise 2. Having seen these arguments against Cultural Relativism, it is time to move on. I will leave the remaining two sections of the Rachels paper to you....
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