Cultural Relativism Essay

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Cultural Relativism is the view that all moral beliefs and ethical systems, are all equally valid. No one system is better than any other, no matter the variance from culture to culture. Further, Cultural Relativism follows that these beliefs and ethical systems should be understood by everyone else in the terms of their own individual culture. The Cultural Relativist believes there are no universal moral beliefs, and that there is no ultimate standard of good or evil. Instead, they believe each society has customs and beliefs that differ from each other and every judgement of right or wrong is a product of each society. This would mean a person could never judge another custom from a culture just because it is different. There is no standard…show more content…
Each society may have a few values that they share, but each society will have different moral codes because they all have different values and beliefs. A society found in the wilds of Africa with no access to technology and other comforts, is going to have many different moral codes than a society found in the United States. There are “many factors that work together to produce the customs of a society” (Rachels, 21). These people have different religious, political, and even survival beliefs that are going to necessitate a different set of moral codes. This does not necessarily mean those codes are wrong, it just means they have to accommodate that…show more content…
If a society deems an action as right, within that society that action will be right (Rachels, 27). The moral codes of a society are closely tied to what they believe is right, not what the rest of the world would say is right. In many societies the practice of excision is deemed acceptable and right. There are many justifications for performing this practice on young girls. Men say it makes sex more pleasurable, others say it makes women more faithful and less likely to sleep around. These reasons justify the painful procedure and the loss of a woman’s sexual pleasure. Other societies may say that the practice is wrong. It takes away a women’s pleasure and it harmful and painful. The societies that practice excision have deemed this action to be right within their society, which makes this practice
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