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Culture and Relativism

Cultural relativists claim that no culture has a truer worldview than any other - they are just different.

The anthropological conception of culture is the most productive terrain for cultural relativism. For example, some societies have a clear-cut gender and racial division, while others do not.

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To study culture, you have to distance yourself from it, which means the only way to study a culture is by not sharing it. The study of culture ask difficult questions about human nature:

  • To what extend can you really understand yourself?

Culture refers to the practices of exchanging information across generations and peers by means that are not genetic. It includes behavior and symbolic systems.

The way we use the term is a recent invention. Before the 1800s, culture typically referred to the educational p...

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