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Cultural Practices and Moral Relativity

It is sometimes alleged that all moral truths are true relative to a culture.

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Culture is relative from place to place and age to age. Everybody agrees with that. However, not everybody agrees that morality is equally relative from culture to culture and age to age. Some people argue, and quite rightly, that there are moral rules that are absolute and universal to which every culture and age adheres. A good example is murder and the killing of infants. True there are cultures that practise infanticide and the killing of weak and old people. But not all the infants in such cultures are killed or the culture itself would have ceased to exist after sometime since all the newborn babies would have been killed and no one would be left ...

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Culture is relative from place to place and age to age. Everybody agrees with that. However, not everybody agrees that morality is equally relative from culture to culture and age to age. Some people argue, and quite rightly, that there are moral rules that are absolute and universal to which every culture and age adheres.

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