Relativism: The Tangible Theory Essay
Since the beginning of rational thought, philosophers have searched for the true meaning of morality. Many theorists have attempted to answer this question with reasoning, in an attempt to find a universal set of rules, or a way to distinguish right from wrong. Some theorists believe that this question is best answered by a single moral standard, while others debate if there can be a single solution. Cultural Relativism explores the idea that there can be no one moral standard that applies to everyone at any given time. The Kantian theory, on the other hand, states that a universal sense of duty, would most benefit humankind. I believe that the Cultural Relativist theory …show more content…
Relativism is the best solution for moral standards, each community considers all their own factors of culture, religion, education, etc. and then create their own set of morals based on their needs.
There are many different situations in everyday life that call upon our moral judgment.
With all of the people in the world and all of the different situations, who is to say that there is one set standard that we should follow on the societal level, as well as the individual? Cultural Relativism, challenges the ordinary belief in the universality of moral truth. It says, in effect, that there is no such thing as universal truth in ethics; there are only the various cultural and personal codes, and nothing more. Moreover, our own code has no special status; it is merely one among many. One clear example of this is illustrated in the treatment of women in some countries, against the way they are treated in the United States. In the United States women are privileged with the same rights as men, therefore creating, by law, an equal society.
However in some Middle Eastern countries women are not allowed to show their faces in public, own land, or may be forced to be just one wife to a man with many wives. The questions philosophers ask in this situation is, "Which one of th ese cultures is morally correct in their treatment of women?" According to absolutists there would be