PHIL2306 Lone Star College Cultural & Ethical Relativism Philosophy Homework

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Prompt: First, layout Rachel’s argument for cultural relativism in the assigned chapter. Second, does Rachels think all cultures share some values in common? Explain Rachels' argument for either agreeing or disagreeing with this position. Thirdly, give an example of some event where according to your own lights the actions of the individual(s) in question would be considered morally wrong. But according the argument for cultural relativism you would be unable to appropriately morally judge the actors in question. Examples might include exploitation of natural resources, honor killing, access to healthcare, homosexuality. You should provide a hyperlink to the event in question, something like a news article would be appropriate. Finally, explain the example you provided.

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Rachel’s argument for cultural relativism
From the reading, it is clear that Rachels does not support cultural relativism. The
concept of cultural relativism states that an individual’s values, believes and his practices should
not be judged against a criterion of another culture but should be understood based on his own
culture (Rachels, 14) This, therefore, means that since different cultures have different moral
codes, morality has no objective truth. Rachels is consequently against this concept, and based
on the examples he provides in the text; it is clear that cultural relativism is not useful, especially
in modern society (Rachels, 17). He concludes that if peo...

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