Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cultural Relativism Debunked

Arts & Letters Daily counters an article suggesting that "the source of our moral inclinations is merely cultural" — Morality is a Culturally Conditioned Response — with a review of a "deft dismantling of various forms of cultural relativism" — Of Human Umbrage.

The reviewer in the second piece notes "something that is infrequently recognized about cultural relativism: that no one is intellectually consistent in their relativism." He continues, "Those most fond of relativist arguments, for example, are the first to belittle American politics and culture. The conclusion is obvious, and important: if relativism were widely and consistently embraced, and criticism were increasingly stifled, the results would be both boring and sinister."

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