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Essay IRelativism The Tangible Theory Since the beginning of rational thought philosophers have searched forthe true meaning of morality Many theorists have attempted to answer this question withreasoning in an attempt to find a universal set of rules or a way to distinguish rightfrom wrong Some theorists believe that this question is best answered by a single moralstandard while others debate if there can be a single solution Cultural Relativismexplores the idea that there can be no one moral standard that applies to everyone at anygiven time The Kantian theory on the other hand states that a universal sense of dutywould most benefit humankind I believe that the Cultural Relativist theory takes intoconsideration the different cultures that make up the population as a whole The idea ofuniversal truth in ethics is a myth The customs of different societies are all thatexist These customs can not be correct or incorrect for that implies thereis an independent standard of right and wrong by which they may be judged In todaysglobal community people are interacting more and we are now discovering more then everhow diverse cultures and people really are For these reasons the Cultural Relativisttheory best defines what morality is and where it came from Today all over the world people are communicating in ways never beforeimagined Cultural Relativism believes that one set of morals will not adequately adapt tothe individuality of all the cultures and subcultures in the world What this means isthat there is no one moral law that fits every situation at every time There will alwaysbe exceptions to the rules Cultural Relativism leaves the creation of moral and ethicalstandards to the community The community then makes moral judgments based on its specificculture history and individuality For these reasons Cultural Relativism helps thecommunity by letting the community set its own moral standards rather than impose a setof morals as the absolutists would suggest Imposing a set of universal morals would notbe able to compensate
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