Argument Of Cultural Relativism

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Cultural Relativism
Cultural relativism is the way society separates right from wrong within a culture. What we describe as “good” and “bad” is based off of our cultural beliefs. Cultural relativism argues that no culture is better than any other and all their beliefs are equally valid. The way that modern society is has made it possible for almost everything to be justified.
Three arguments that are against objective values were found on The Ethical Life by Russ Shafer-Landau (P. 205) textbook that identify two problems with the cultural relativist’s argument are:
1. Morality is a product of culture,
2. Cultures disagree widely about morality, and
3. There’s no clear way to resolve moral differences
These arguments were made by fictional Ima Relativist created by Harry Gensler. Ima Relativist believes that morality is about objective facts. There is more to these arguments that once they are well analyzed they are read differently with another meaning to them. These arguments are against objective values. “Since morality is a product of culture, there can’t be objective moral truths” (Shafer-Landau, P. 205). The problem with this quote is that what a culture produces can express truths about how people live. Everything we say and do is based off our culture and what we were taught to do, yet some express objective truths.
“Since cultures disagree widely about morality, there can’t be objective moral truths” (Shafer-Landau, P. 205). Just because there is some kind of

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