Political Science 3388E Chapter Notes -Cultural Relativism, Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, Secondary Source

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Hr and cultural relativism: defining cultural relativism. Radical cultural relativism- culture is the sole source of the validity of a moral right to rule. Radical universalism- culture is irrelevant to the (universal) validity of moral right and rules. Culture is the principal source of the validity of a right or rue, but other factors may be a secondary source of validity. Weak cultural relativism- in validating (strong universality) culture plays (at most) a secondary role rights and rules: relativity and universality: a necessary tension. Where internal and external judgments conflict, assessing the relative importance attached to those judgments may be a reasonable place to start in seeking to resolve them. Best to not press the negative external judgment, this would be insensitive. Still a good opportunity to press for external judgments (consider slavery, human sacrifice, female infanticide, ) It is rare for a culture to reject a full single right in the udhr.

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