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CULTURAL RELATIVISM ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS

William Talbott

in Which Rights Should Be Universal?

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195173475
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835331 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195173473.003.0003
 CULTURAL RELATIVISM ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS

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In this chapter, Talbott explains why one of the most attractive arguments for extreme cultural relativism about morality, the moral imperialism argument, is incoherent. The incoherence of the cultural imperialism argument shows that extreme cultural relativism is too wishy-washy. Talbott distinguishes between internal and external moral norms and articulates a less extreme form of cultural relativism that is compatible with the cultural imperialism argument, cultural relativism about internal norms. This sets the stage for an evaluation of this less extreme form of cultural relativism.

Keywords: external norms; cultural imperialism; cultural relativism; incommensurability; internal norms

Chapter.  3877 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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