Moral, Social and Religious Issues in Contemporary Society
October 15th, 2014
Crocker on Ethnocentrism
David A. Crocker asks the question of who should be tasked with the development of moral ethics on a global level, especially in regions where ethical thought is relatively shallow. If there was one way he would answer this question, he would state that a combination of "insider" and "outsider" ethicists would find the best and culturally sensitive form of morality for particular cultures. For this to have any meaning however, a description is required for both "insider" and "outsider". An "insider", as termed by Crocker, is "one who is counted, recognized, or accepted by himself/herself and the other group members, as belonging to the group" (Crocker, 29). In regards to ethical thought of the group, Crocker outlines several advantages and disadvantages of being a predominant "insider". When a development ethicist is an "insider" of a group they understand their past, present, and goals when it comes to moral thought, and can therefore help the group to develop (with ease on the topic of communication) in the most beneficial ways foreseeable in tandem with their beliefs. Along the lines of communication of an "insider", they have a foundation from which to criticize and rebuke negative actions of a group because of their familiarity with said group's customs and beliefs. However, "insiders" do not come without inhibitions as well. "Insiders" may become so immersed in their society and its customs that they are unable to expand their own, and their society's horizon on the topic of moral thought. Crocker argues that because of the familiarity of the culture, an "insider" may be blind to factors that define a culture in an existential manner, "Like a fish unaware of the water in which it continually swims" (Crocker, 33). In essence, an "insider" has an easy time familiarizing with their culture, but may...
Bibliography: Koggel, Christine M.. "David A. Crocker."Moral issues in global perspective. Volume II: Human Diversity and Equality ed. Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview Press, 2006. 27-35. Print.
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