in Ethics. "Afterward: A View from the Center" in Ethnos 47: 172286 Geertz, Clifford, 1984. In a distinguished lecture before the American Anthropological Association in 1984, Clifford Geertz pointed out that the conservative critics of cultural relativism did not really understand, and were not really responding to, the ideas of Benedict, Herskovits, Kroeber and Kluckhohn. Therefore, moral or ethical judgments, made during the present, regarding a current culture's belief system or societal practices must account for these unique differences to be intellectually useful. Franz Boas, originally trained in physics and geography, and heavily influenced by the thought of Kant, Herder, and von Humboldt, argued that one's culture may mediate and thus limit one's perceptions in less obvious ways. But culture shock is a condition one recovers from; it is not experienced as an authentic redefinition of the personality but as a testing of its tolerance. They thought that this meant that the languages were unorganized and lacked strict rules for pronunciation, and they took it as evidence that the languages were more primitive than their own. The principle of cultural relativity does not mean that because the members of some savage tribe are allowed to behave in a certain way that this fact gives intellectual warrant for such behavior in all groups.
The Cultural Relativism in the Peace Core
The Connotation of The Two Rivers in A Separate Peace
Creation of Peace Corps
The relativist would say that each society that I am a part of is right in its own way, even though I may be getting inconsistent moral ideals from each society. Anything not considered to be moral is tossed aside and considered to be abnormal. It only converts the anthropologist into a shadowy figure, prone to newsworthy and shallow pronouncements about the cosmic condition of the human race. Boas however noted that the variant pronunciations were not an effect of lack of organization of sound patterns, but an effect of the fact that these languages organized sounds differently from English. Ruth Benedict Patterns of Culture Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, page 3 Cook, John, 1978. However, it is also obvious that authoritarians who know the complete answers beforehand will necessarily be intolerant of relativism: they should be, if there is only one truth and that is theirs. As cultural relativism explains, a person who does not follow the norms of one society may well fit into another society where their views are more socially acceptable. The two societies disagree as to what is right or wrong, moral or immoral on the behavior of eating animals, and cultural relativism explains why. As a consequence, people misinterpreted cultural relativism to mean that all cultures are both separate and equal, and that all value systems, however different, are equally valid. The principle of cultural relativism thus forced anthropologists to develop innovative methods and heuristic strategies. It would simply be mistaken, and disastrously so?
The United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in Africa, Patriot Cultural Assignment, Bridging the cultural gap, The Peace Hormone,