cultural relativism

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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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A cultural relativist would notice first that the generic man and its natural and universal rights are just some theoretical postulates.
Among the topics are whether Wittgenstein was a cultural relativist, how ordinary the language of love is, understanding ontogenetic ritualization, visual memory and the bounds of authenticity, and becoming aware of one's thoughts.
In response to human right law's self- proclaimed Universality and Neutrality, two major critiques have been developed which deny the truth of this assumption, namely Feminist and Cultural relativist.
A cultural relativist (though his relativism also led him down the path of romanticism), Burke becomes, for Gates, the forefather of a particular strain of anticolonial struggle, in the realm of both politics and theory, a strain that has ultimately had mixed effects trafficking, as it does, in notions of cultural authenticity despite its anti-essentialism.
The cultural relativist refuses to be tolerant when someone violates a cultural standard.
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.
For them in their parallel world of multicultural and most important cultural relativist world, the discussion about Islamism is by itself problematic.
Wilders argues, in an interview with Fox News, that he is not a cultural relativist, that he believes "our culture is far better than the retarded Islamic culture.
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.
The cultural relativist must make up his mind: Either there is a higher standard or there isn't.

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