University of the People
PHIL 1404: Ethics and Social Responsibility
Written Assignment Unit 3
The essay is based on the case study entitled Mordidas?
In this essay, I would explain my point of view on ethical questions about the bribery in Mexico City, which has become a tradition. As a logical and economically efficient process by eliminating the middlemen (administrative staff), drivers paying straight to the officer.
What is cultural relativism, and how does the vision of ethics associated with it diverge from the traditional ethical theories?
According to Khan Academy: "Cultural relativism refers to not judging a culture to our own standards of what is right or wrong, strange or normal. Instead, we should try to understand…show more content… Not only in Mexico, in Ukraine, for example, with its long history of bribery on almost every level of public servicing, the government decided to fight back. Most of the older policemen officers was forced to take a harsh examination (including on ethical behavior) and those who failed was freed from police…show more content… As a result, drivers starting to use to the new rules and situation on the streets gradually started to improve. In ethical terms, servicemen have to proceed towards better assistance to ordinary citizen, without chasing any direct bonuses (bribery) How can the difference between the Mexico City process of getting and paying off a traffic ticket and the process in your country be converted into an argument in favor of the idea that cultural relativism is the right way to look at things? Does the argument convince you? Why or why not?
From my point of view, the distinction between the Mexico City manner of getting and paying off a traffic ticket and the process in my country cannot be transformed into reasons in support of the idea that cultural relativism is the right way to look at things.
I am honestly support the lawful behavior of the people, in other words, if there is any law that directs citizens actions in particular situation, for instance, while driving, there should be no cultural relativism. In order to live in the civilized country, the order should exist towards citizens and vice versa as