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Pitfalls of Relativism- The year was 1943 Hundreds of Jewish people were being marched into the gas chambers in accordance with Adolf Hitlers orders In the two years that followed millions of Jews were killed and only a fraction survived the painful ordeals at the Nazi German prison camps However all of the chaos ended as World War II came to a close the American and British soldiers had won and Hitlers Third Reich was no more A certain ethical position would state that the anti-sematic Nazi German culture was neither right nor wrong in its actions In fact it is this view of the cultural relativist that assumes all actions considered right in a culture to be good for that culture alone Moreover the relativist claims that these actions cannot be judged according to their ethical correctness because there is no absolute standard by which they could be compared In the above case this position would not allow for the American and British soldiers to interfere with the Nazis the relativist would claim that the Allies were wrong in fighting the Germans due to a cultural disagreement In truth it is the relativist position which has both negative logical and practical consequences and negligible benefits The first logical consequence of relativism is that the believer must contradict himself in order to uphold his belief The view states that all ethics are relative while putting forth the idea that no absolute standard of rightness exists If this is the case then what is cultural relativism relative to From a purely logical point of view this idea is absurd for in assuming that something is relative one must first have some absolute by which it is judged Let the reader consider this example to reinforce
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