What is Culture Relativism: Views by James Rachels Essay

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Culture Relativism; what is it? Culture Relativism states that we cannot absolute say what is right and what is wrong because it all depends in the society we live in. James Rachels however, does not believe that we cannot absolute know that there is no right and wrong for the mere reason that cultures are different. Rachels as well believes that “certain basic values are common to all cultures.” I agree with Rachels in that culture relativism cannot assure us that there is no knowledge of what is right or wrong. I believe that different cultures must know what is right and what is wrong to do. Cultures are said to be different but if we look at them closely we can actually find that they are not so much different from one’s own culture. …show more content…
People have different idea of who or what to worship and we can never think that one day we will have only one religion because that will be naïve of us.
Culture relativism theory is not a valid; it is not sound as Rachels puts it. This theory says “there is no such thing as universal truth in ethics; there are only various culture codes, and nothing more.” I agree up to a certain point with this statement, there is in my opinion various culture codes but to say that there is no such thing as universal truth in ethics, I cannot agree with that. I believe there has to be some truth in this universe it cannot all be a mystery. Culture relativism conclusion is something cannot be right or wrong because it varies from culture to culture. Rachels says we cannot say there is no objective truth for the only reason that people disagree with it. We cannot jump to that conclusion, jumping to that is being naïve and not wanting to actually look for the truth or explore other ideas. Some societies might be wrong. Religion has been a controversial topic of what religion is the correct religion and which one should we follow and how we should worship. However as Rachels said we cannot draw a conclusion that there is not objectively right nor

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