James Rachels The Challenge Of Cultural Relativism Essays and Term Papers

  • Response to "The Challenge of Cultural Relativism" By Rachels

    Philosophy 9/30/14 MRA: “The Challenge of Cultural Relativism” In the text "The Challenge of Cultural Relativism," James Rachels breaks down and discusses the theory of Cultural Relativism by presenting the pros and cons of this theory. He exposes some of the shortcomings of the theory arguing...

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  • Review of "The Challenge of Cultural Relativism"

    explores the major meta-ethical theory of Cultural Relativism. According to it, Cultural Relativism states that all morality is relative to culture, that the truth of ethical claims is relative to an individual or group's perspective. Cultural Relativism holds that an action is morally right or morally...

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  • Challenge of Cultural Relativism

    morally forbidden to eat them  among the Callatians  one is morally obliged to eat the dead  one is morally forbidden to burn them 2.2 Cultural Relativism • Relativist Conclusion drawn from facts like these o There is no objective (absolute universal) morality -- no morality per se; rather just ...

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  • James Rachels

    James Rachels argues against theories of selfishness that the psychological egoists maintain. He challenges the view that everyone always does what he or she wants by showing that we often dounpleasant tasks for the future pleasures or from obligation. Altruism is recognized as not acting in self interest...

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  • James Rachels

    The philosopher James Rachels has an argument that shows that the distinction between acts and omissions is not as helpful as it looks. Consider these two cases: •Smith will inherit a fortune if his 6 year old cousin dies. •One evening Smith sneaks into the bathroom where the child is having his bath...

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  • Cultural Relativism

    Cultural Relativism In Baghdad, Iraq, Iraqi authorities executed 21 people, including 3 women, in one day. They were all convicted of terrorism. The U.N believes that the death row inmates were unfairly tried in court. The convictions of the 21 people seem to be very unclear in the world’s eyes....

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  • Cultural Relativism

    Cultural relativism holds that there is no universal morality that is common among all cultures. Specifically, in an article on cultural relativism James Rachels states the following characteristics of cultural relativism: 1) Different societies have different moral codes; 2) There is no objective...

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  • Cultural Relativism

    Nathan Whittingham Professor Mariana Philosophy 120 12 October 2014 The Fallacy of Cultural Relativism The diversity of beliefs and ways of life is a conspicuous phenomenon that occurs within the human race. For example, what Satanists find right and reasonable is damnable to Christians, and vice-versa...

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  • Cultural Relativism

    moral codes" (Rachels 618). This claim is known as Cultural Relativism. "Cultural Relativism, as it has been called, challenges our ordinary belief in the objectivity and universality of moral truth. There is no such thing as universal truth in ethics: there there are only the various cultural codes, and...

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  • Cultural Relativism

    Cultural relativism is the view that all beliefs, customs, and ethics are relative to the individual within his own social context. In other words, “right” and “wrong” are culture-specific; what is considered moral in one society may be considered immoral in another, and, since no universal standard...

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  • James Rachels - egoism

    Explain the difference between psychological and ethical egoism, and why Rachels rejects both of these theories. Do you think his arguments are convincing? Why, or why not? Psychological egoism: all men are selfish in everything that they do; the only motive from which anyone ever acts is self...

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  • Cultural Relativism

    |Cultural Moral Relativism. Do We All Agree? | |Essay #1 Pratheep | |Sivabaalan 100266114 | |11/18/2009 | |James Connelly | ...

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  • Cultural Relativism

    East Meets West: Toward a Universal Ethic of Virtue for Global Business Some Western cultures operate upon an individualistic rights-centered morality, while Eastern cultures favor a more community-centered ethic of virtue (Wong 1984). There is no universal ethic. In particular, it is recognized...

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  • Cultural Relativism

    if our cultural definition of what is right or wrong isn't the case for another culture.? This paper will define cultural relativism, explain why it is important when studying other cultures, explain the difference between it and ethical relativism and explain if there are limits to cultural relativism...

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  • Cultural Relativism

    Week 1 Anthropology Forum – Cultural Relativism Question: Using your textbook, please define cultural relativism and moral relativism, using APA formatting for your citations as needed. How is cultural relativism different from moral relativism? For example, consider anthropologists who study genocide...

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  • Cultural Relativism

    Assess Rachels’ critique of the main argument for normative cultural relativism (NCR), i.e., the Cultural Differences Argument. How might a proponent of NCR respond to Rachels critique? Is the response effective? Why or why not? In this essay, I will discuss James Rachels’ article...

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  • Cultural Relativism

    Cultural Relativism: A Moral Fallacy Cultural Relativism is the theory that all belief's are equally valid and that truth itself is relative, depending on the situation, environment and individual. Those who hold the belief of Cultural Relativist, hold that all beliefs are completely relative to the...

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  • Cultural Relativism

    John Sheppard Philosophy 245 Professor Avansino 2 Feb, 2013 Reading Response #1 Cultural relativism is a big ethical topic in our society today. Cultural relativism is the principle of regarding the beliefs, values, and practices of a culture from the viewpoint of that culture itself. So what...

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  • Cultural Relativism

    Cultural Relativism This essay covers various aspects of cultural relativism and its argument to readers. Cultural relativism is a theory, which mainly concentrates on differences in values and moral beliefs of different people. To help explain the concept of cultural relativism I have used James Rachels...

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  • Cultural Relativism

    Cultural Relativism What exactly is ‘cultural relativism' in metaethics? Is cultural relativism true? Can cultural relativists uphold the principles of cultural tolerance? Cultural relativism is a view in metaethics regarding the moral codes of different cultures and provides an initially appealing...

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