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relativism

 [rel´ah-tiv″izm]
a philosophical system that considers truth to be dependent on individual persons, cultural contexts, times, or places.
cultural relativism the understanding of distinct cultures and lifestyles within the context of each culture; the behaviors of a cultural group are evaluated in the context of that specific culture, from an impartial perspective, rather than according to the standards of some other culture.

cultural relativism

a concept that health and normality emerge within a social context and that the content and form of mental health will vary greatly from one culture to another. Differences may result from variations in stressors, symbolic interpretation, acceptance of expression and repression, and cohesion and tolerance of deviation of social groups.
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In this interview, Okri was quick to rebuff the charge of optimism as evinced in the aphorism "light comes out of the darkness" in his Songs of Enchantment--part of his famed Famished Road trilogy--with a cultural relativist redefinition of the real, perceiving of reality as "a keyboard of life".
Philosophers, unlike historians and social scientists, are willing to look for the normative ideal behind the multiplicity of different practices of honor, and not settle for a lazy cultural relativist outlook.
Chapters are devoted to evolutionary, cultural relativist, canonical, paradigmatic, and reader-response approaches.
The assumption of cultural separation, he argues, underlies both the easy, moral indifference of the cultural relativist and the arrogance of the imperialist.
Yet the ongoing debate between the universal approach to human rights and the cultural relativist approach to human rights, which the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights was, in many ways, intended to resolve, continues to lurk in the corners, reappearing to surprise us at awkward moments.
Show me a cultural relativist at 30,000 feet and I will show you a hypocrite," he writes.
The cultural relativist must make up his mind: Either there is a higher standard or there isn't.
Only by leaving the cultural relativist straw man behind us can our debate about FGC advance to the point where anthropology can fully realize its potential contribution to scholarly understanding and advocacy.
The cultural relativist stance so common in the global education field today represents a refusal to apply any universal ethical standards in judging another culture.
Chapter 6, "Ong the Cultural Relativist," is devoted to an explication and exploration of what Farrell calls Ong's "seminal synthesis of cultural and religious history" (p.
Even though this cultural relativist critique has, not surprisingly, been pressed by nations in defense of policies or practices that Western progressives find substantively objectionable, if not abhorrent, within their own worldviews, the cultural relativist critique nevertheless has undeniable merit.
In any complex society high and popular cultures have always had a symbiotic relationship with one another that only extreme cultural relativist positions have sought to deny.

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