cultural relativism

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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.
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While we have our conceptions of what a beautiful child looks like, these notions are also culturally relative: In some parts of precolonial Philippines, for instance, flat foreheads - and very long hair, both for men and women - were seen as attractive (see Scott 1995).
"We're kind of snowed in, yet there's always this sort of atmosphere of New York City and the surrounding areas that are very culturally relative. We're very inspired and influenced by it.
Hence, it is important that topics of this nature are "addressed in a way that is culturally relative".
I've got no time for those who say this is a culturally relative issue – it is wrong, full stop, and we've got to stamp it out."
culturally relative concepts of humanity include life stories, discussion of the ethics of human organ sales in a Hindu context, and kinship as a model for viewing women's humanity/rights in the Muslim Middle East.
The topics include whether information ethics is culturally relative, protecting privacy on the Web, business collaboration by privacy-preserving clustering, agricultural data mining in the 21st century, and basic principles of data mining.
Berry, 1991) support attractiveness judgments as involving matching targets against culturally relative, gender ideals (Adrian, 1999) which elicit initial physical attractiveness judgments.
The following Stendhalian principles emerge: 1) love is defined by its reciprocity, the subject finding fulfillment in the experience of being loved by the object of its desire; 2) one's aptitude for love is a matter of character, which is formed by sociological and psychological factors; 3) since this character is defined in part by sociological factors, love is culturally relative; 4) the character best disposed for love is the romanesque, given its capacity for passion and transformation ("Sur 'Fragments divers' de De l'Amour," 11-26).
Career and personal issues become intertwined in the reality of life in such a conception, because meaning is determined by each person from a culturally relative perspective.
Yet, viewing scientific truths as culturally relative seems unsatisfactory when considering the universality of the human species.
He takes up the question of the definition of species, and then discusses the idea of "species loyalty," which, he argues, is a cultural artifact or kind of fiction--"a discursively created and supported set of beliefs, bound up in culturally relative forms with other, more fundamental beliefs about the importance of life, relationships with some other beings, and taking responsibility as a moral agent" (p.

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