Discussion Topic: Cultural Relativism and Ethical Relativism
Should people just say “live and let live” when they look at the practices of another culture that they find objectionable?
Begin by reading this short article, Cultural Relativism vs. Ethical Relativism, and then answer the following questions:
- What is cultural relativism? What is ethical relativism? What, if any, is the relationship between the two?
- Do people outside of a culture have the right to criticize that culture’s values or beliefs? Why or why not?
- Think of a strong example of a cultural practice. For example, say another culture practices child marriages. What would a cultural relativist say about this? What would an ethical relativist say about it? Support your answer.