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Many people have different values that guide their lives but some of these values are better supported than others Since people have different morals and values it is important to distinguish between moral and cultural relativism If our own personal morality is different from another cultures we tend to believe that they are wrong and that our cultural views of morality hold more merit Societies in general must adhere to certain core values in order to exist However not all societies value the same morals What may be acceptable in one culture may not be acceptable in another and neither is objectively correct However morality is important in all areas of society Cultural relativism ascertains that moral standards differ from one culture to the next therefore good and bad are relative to culture What is good is what is socially approved in a given culture This means that anyone who is born into a particular culture is expected to follow the moral codes of that culture because they were already in existence In addition cultural relativism suggests that there are different ways of applying basic ethical principles from one culture to the next Given that morale standards differ from one culture to the next a number of claims should follow from cultural relativism The first claim would be that there are no universal or general moral principles common to all or most cultures Secondly there is no objective culturally independent standard by which to judge the moral code of any culture Last the moral code of each culture determines what is right and wrong for the members of that culture Since cultures have differ ent moral codes this is the foundation for claiming that there is no universally agreed upon set of moral judgements because if there were every culture would be practicing them The first argument assumes the fact that there are no universally agreed upon set
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