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Cultural And Cultural Relativism

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Cultural and ethical relativism can often be thought to share the exact same beliefs and be one and the same, but they actually have differences. As taught in lecture, Cultural relativism is when people try and understand and become involved with other cultures that are not their own and do not use their own cultures as the norm. People are free to still have their own opinions that come from their own culture, but they attempt to better relate to those of other cultures and figure out the “why” behind the rituals, beliefs, and values of others. They believe that the ways people behave and perceive others is relative to their culture and cannot be understood without taking their culture into account. Cultural relativism is against ethnocentrism…show more content…
The beliefs in morality that cultures hold, although different from others, are just as equal in ethics as any other culture. Ethical relativists realize that what one culture considers as normal may be thought of as morally wrong by another because ethical matters are relative to the individual and culture. Cultural relativists have more of an open option of thinking their own opinion through their own cultural beliefs without supporting nor forcing cultural imperialism. They want to learn about other cultures and their ways of life, but they can hold an opinion about morality and ethics that come from being human and having human rights without imposing their beliefs on others. Cultural relativists accept diversity and strive to study it while ethical relativists do not think that there is a universal right or wrong and see ethics as relative. Culture relativists may criticize ethical relativists because they are not able to be critical of what they believe is evil, as commented on in lecture. Ethical relativists believe that we should tolerate other cultures that may be perceived as inhuman and evil because these practices are relative. As said in lecture, to be a cultural relativist without being an ethical relativist would be by being aware and interested in learning about the various…show more content…
However, as brought up in lecture, he or she would try and engage the topic and learn from the community about why honor killings are important to them and how it is incorporated into their lives as well as the repercussions of not following this tradition. Cultural relativists want to understand other cultures and do not view their own culture as the most important nor as the standard that other cultures should be compared to. On the other hand, lectures point to how an ethical relativist would not consider whether the practice of honor killings is right or wrong and strive to be tolerant of all people and practices. Ethical relativists could go either way with wanting to learn about the practice or not being interested in it. They believe that they are not the ones to judge other cultures about what is ethical because morals are learned from people’s societies and are relative. Those who believe in ethical relativism do not view ethics as a universal standard, so they do not form their own opinions about what is immoral or unethical and instead remain neutral to the subject. Cultural and ethical relativists are similar in the fact that they both consider actions of a culture to be due to their society and realize that cultural practices have a reasoning behind
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