Cultural Relativism Essay
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If I were a cultural relativist, I would tell Protagoras that he must abide by his society’s law as it is what the majority of his society believes, making the law to torture his sister to death to be the true way he must deal with his sisters promiscuity.
As the Adberan society is his culture, I would, as a Cultural Relativist, adivse Protagoras that he must accept his culture’s values and traditions and abide by them, putting aside his individual differences. If Protagoras is a member of the Adberan society, then he must accept their cultural values. According to Aberan culture, is it morally right for Protagoras to torture and murder his sister because she committed promiscuous behaviour which is fornwed upon by the majority of society, therefore as a Cultural Relativist, I would advise Protagoras to accept the law, and then he will not be considered immoral by his society for disobeying his culture. If he wants to maintain a position within his society, then Prodagoras should agree with them, as moral values demonstrate a connection to his community, which, ultimately, is his identity. As a Cultural Relativist, I would tell Protagoras to stop and think about the positives and negatives that will arise from his actions.
For example, if he murders his sister, he will lose a beloved family member, but will gain social acceptance and happiness, not only for himself but also for every other person in his family, so I would ask him if losing one family member is worth gaining happiness for everyone else?