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Trying Out One's New Sword and The Challenge of Cultural Relativism

by: Thomas nelson

Trying Out One's New Sword and The Challenge of Cultural Relativism PHL 2008

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Thomas nelson

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Social Ethics
Thaddeus M. Ostrowski

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These notes cover the notes from the week of February 7, 2016
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Date Created: 02/10/16
Thomas Nelson I Moral Isolationism 0 Isolated by culture 0 Believe that one should not judge other cultures because it is not own culture therefore can t understand it 0 Then try to get you to understand so you make a positive judgment 0 Midgely says this idea is inconsistent and selfcontradictory I If you can t judge negatively you shouldn t judge positively either I If you can t judge others you can t judge your own because there is nothing to compare it to I Different cultures have different moral codes 0 Callatians ate the bodies of their dead fathers and Greeks cremated the dead I Both found the other as insane 0 Eskimos practice infanticide I As a way to protect the rest of the infants gt Didn t have the resources for all infants 0 Our own way of living seems natural and right so it becomes hard to understand any other way of living I There is no objective standard that can be used to judge one societal code better than another I Our own moral code has no special status it is just one of many I There is no universal trut in ethics I The moral code of a society determines what is right within that society I We should judge the conduct of other people we should grow tolerance I Conclusion does not follow from the premise 0 Just because two different cultures may have two different beliefs it doesn t necessarily mean that neither one is correct I Earth being at or spherical gt it is spherical I 3 consequences of Cultural Relativism 0 We couldn t say that customs of other societies are morally inferior to our own Can t judge at all 0 We would decide whether actions are right or wrong just by consulting the standards of our society the dominant view would be the right thing 0 The idea of moral progress is called into doubt because there is no standard for progress since we can t judge I Cultures do not differ as much as it appears 0 Difference is in our belief systems not in our values I Dead souls inhabiting animals example I Common values of all cultures that are necessary for existence 0 Protect their infants Thomas Nelson 39 Culture would die out if they didn t protect its infants 0 Telling the truth 39 Communication would become obsolete because you couldn t trust anything anyone said O Prohibition of murder I No one would feel secure gt Everyone becoming as selfsufficient as possible gt Culture would die out 0 2 positive things about Cultural Relativism 0 It warns us about the danger of assuming that all our preferences are based on some absolute rational standard 0 Makes us keep an open mind


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