Cultural Absolutism and Cultural Relativism

Cultural Absolutism and Cultural Relativism

Respond to discussion Include citations/Use in-text citation where needed All sources must be 5 years old or newer Only needs to be about a paragraph long More like a discussion rather than a paper Please add to the discussion in your peer responses with informative responses, instead of posts similar to “great idea! I really agree with you.” Each response needs to have a citation

  • Do you agree with the other student’s description of what constitutes cultural absolutism and cultural relativism? Explain your position in contrast to the other student’s description.
  • Did the student’s explanation regarding the reconciliation of the two contradictory positions change your own thoughts about the issue? If so, describe how your opinion has changed.Cultural Absolutism and Cultural Relativism    POST 1 (Sarah) Cultural Absolution Principles do not vary, from culture to culture. There may be many different rules surrounding one common agreement. The Facts that support the theory:


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  1. There are similar moral principles, surrounding sexual behavior, human life, and lying.
  2. Similar needs, no matter the culture need to survive, eat, and drink.
  3. Similar situations and relationships arts, language, design, religion, and family.
  4. Intercultural similarities between emotion, attitude, jealousy, love, etc.

Cultural Relativism There are many cultures and people make different decisions based on those cultures they live by. What is right vs what is wrong (what is socially acceptable). I believe that the pro-abortion holds very closely to the absolutism because there are similar emotions, needs, and similar principles in societies that hold whether the death penalty or pro-abortion is right or wrong. I believe anyone can believe in pro-abortion for different reasons, and think completely opposite of the death penalty. They do not have to be morally correct, there may not even be a connection to why they believe these are right or wrong. They can be agreed on in certain ways, from what I am reading about cultural relativism, it seems as though it is biased towards a religious view, being reconciled wouldn’t be difficult but as long as it were to be on a topic of interest. Cultural Absolutism and Cultural Relativism

Maybe certain cultures can help us understand why they believe things the way they do and change our minds.   Resource: Krasemann, J.P.T.K. W. (2016). Ethics: Theory and Practice (Updated Edition). [VitalSource Bookshelf]. Retrieved from   POST 2 (Patricia) What constitutes cultural absolutism and cultural relativism. Cultural absolutism theory states that some moral principles that are fundamentally true for all people, irrespective of culture (Jalsenjak, 2019). An example of such a value is the Commandment “Thou shalt not kill”. Cultural relativism theory states that while we still use principles such as “Thou shalt not kill”, relativism takes different factors and influences such as culture into account, which may make killing another person acceptable (Jalsenjak, 2019). Differences between cultural absolutism and cultural relativism. Absolutism theory does not make any allowances for differences in culture, using the true meaning of the word “absolute”, meaning an action is either right or wrong, irrespective of the consequences. Conversely, relativism allows for differences in opinion on whether an action is right or wrong, taking cultural differences into account. Holding both the stances of anti-abortion and pro-death penalty: cultural relativism or cultural absolutism? I believe that if one holds that abortion is wrong but the death penalty is right, that is cultural relativism. The reason for this is relativism states different factors have an effect on moral principles (Jalsenjak, 2019). If one uses cultural absolutism that states to kill is wrong, one cannot decide when it is or isn’t wrong to kill – the rule is absolute, and “a rule would admit of no exceptions” (Denver College of Nursing, n.d., slide 4).   Reference   Denver College of Nursing. (n.d.) Week 6 Cultural Absolutism.   Jalsenjak, B. (2019). Ethical absolutism v ethical relativism. In Encyclopedia of sustainable management (pp. 1–2). Springer International Publishing. Cultural Absolutism and Cultural Relativism