The challenge of cultural relativism. James Rachels. In Steven M. Cahn (ed.), Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology. Oxford University Press () . What different positions have gone under the name of “cultural relativism”? What does Rachels think is the essence of the theory? Do you find the theory. James Rachels’ essay, The Challenge of Cultural Relativism, is primarily a critique of cultural relativism and, in a way; the writer has put forward.
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These cultural differences are just practices and customs relating to different areas and times and may not be morally right or wrong. Cultural Relativism in Social and Political Philosophy. Questions about why certain customs continue to be practiced and transmitted to each generation, or even whether those customs fit into the fabric of the society are never discussed.
Rachels is only one voice among many philosophers. The fact that there are values that pertain to every culture and time denies that this hypothesis the stature of a law.
From an anthropologist’s point of view, the most serious flaw in Rachel’s notion that cultural relativism presents a “challenge” to philosophy is that he simply hasn’t done his homework, and knows little about anthropology or its central purpose—to understand and learn about the variety of human cultures, past and present.
Saral Jhingran – – Motilal Banarsidass Publishers. He identified a logical fallacy in the argument of Cultural Relativism and discussed briefly the limitations of cultural relativism.
In this case, we can easily identify through science, evidence and reason that one of these cultures is mistaken. As a result, for Rachels, cultural relativism leads to moral relativism. Cook – – Oxford University Press. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.
What, exactly, was wrong with what James Rachels said about cultural relativism? Notify me of new posts via email. There may be exceptions to these values and there may be variations in these exceptions relative to different societies but murder and telling a lie have always been prohibited. Sign in Create an account.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Defence of Cultural Relativism. An anthropologist would have asked different kinds of questions: Rachels’ essay was chosen to represent the ethical issue of cultural relativism in an introductory textbook on ethics.
The fallacy in the argument is that the conclusion does not follow from this premise. Thus, cultural and moral relativism stand in the jsmes of discovering those universals.
For instance, the covering of breasts with a scarf is part of some cultures and is not really important for other cultures.
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In his explanation, Rachels writes about the different relatiism that require no standard. Eventually, the writer touched upon the most interesting and pragmatic aspect of the theory. Information This entry was posted on March 15, by hadeelnaeem in Philosophy and tagged Cultural Relativism.
Ethical Relativism and Universalism. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Cultural relativism is part of our training as social scientists as well as humanists—we participate and learn to understand and appreciate [End Cuultural ] another culture, inevitably returning to our own culture to write and teach about what we have learned.
An undergraduate anthropology student came to me with an assigned reading in a philosophy course at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. The student was confused.
Contact Contact Us Help. For instance, the writer rightly points out that some cultures believe in heliocentricity and others may still believe in a geocentric arrangement of the universe.
The challenge of cultural relativism
Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Interpretations of a Concept Thomas H. What he was learning in his philosophy class challenged what he had learned about cultural relativism as a core concept in anthropology and he was surprised to find it examined negatively by a philosopher.
Jmaes An undergraduate anthropology student came to me with an assigned reading in a philosophy course at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.
One cannot deny that Cultural Relativism, as a theory, has given us a lesson for tolerance. Cultural Relativism in Social and Political Philosophy categorize this paper.
Added to PP index Total downloads 20of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 3of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Rachels says nothing about the objectives of anthropology in his essay. Works Cited Gardner, Martin. This article has no associated abstract.
James Rachels: The Challenge of Cultural Relativism
You are commenting relativissm your WordPress. As we discussed the position James Rachels took in the article assigned to the ethics class, it became clear that Rachels’ understanding of cultural relativism differed from that of most anthropologists: Sign in to use this feature. This entry has no external links. John Ladd – – Belmont, Calif.
As we can see, some cultures allow homosexuality and others strongly condemn it but many people who believe in such a theory have learned to live with it. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.