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with the argument of universalism versus cultural relativism. This article will provide that, unlike the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam, the gcc Declaration does not provide an escape from the universality of human rights. Although it affirmed a number of Islamic principles, driven from a

In: Arab Law Quarterly

169 Toward a global culture: Human rights, group rights and cultural relativism WILLIAM H. MEYER Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware, Newark, DL 19716-2574, USA Accepted 12 October 1995 Abstract. This study seeks to define universal standards of

In: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights
Editor: Dascal
In spite, or perhaps because of, the ongoing cultural, economic, and political uniformization of the world, relativism has risen to the top of the agenda of philosophy and other disciplines. To what extent does cultural diversity affect the activity and the products of philosophizing and of social science? Can there be convergence of worldviews and conceptual frameworks across cultural boundaries? Can there be mutual understanding across them in spite of diversity?
These and other questions prompted by the recent upsurge of relativism are tackled in original essays by philosophers and social scientists. The special focus and interest of the book lies in its attempt to confront North and Latin American perspectives on these issues.
The four parts of the book ( Relativism: transformation or death? A glimpse of variety: Philosophical experiences and worldviews in Latin America; Nature, Culture and Art; and Crossing conceptual frameworks) discuss different, though intertwined, aspects of the challenge of relativism.
Author: Mofihli Teleki

, other than universalism or cultural relativism. The concept of Ubuntu is arguably one that could be scrutinized within the context of cultural relativism by virtue of the fact that as a concept or construct it is located within the historical particularity of Africans. 2 Boas’ concept of cultural

In: The Right to Development

points have been advanced by other authors. Sundaramoorthy draws on what Rawls calls an “overlapping consensus” existing between universalism and cultural relativism. 6 In furthering Rawls’ ideas, Sundaramoorthy argues that the “justice underpinning” human rights is one that has a universal appeal

In: African Journal of Legal Studies

Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law 1: 67-84, 2006. © 2006 Koninklijke Brill NV. Printed in the Netherlands THE FALLACIES IN THE “UNIVERSALISM VERSUS CULTURAL RELATIVISM” DEBATE IN HUMAN RIGHTS LAW Fernand de Varennes ∗ 1. Introduction Human rights are a “Western” construct which

In: Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law
Author: Gerhard Mayer

, no longer be taken for granted. In this regard, the cultural situation of the twenty-first century has changed too much. Keywords Secrecy; Magic; Chaos magick; Postmodernism; Cultural relativism; Empirical field study Magie wird traditionell den so genannten “Geheimwissenschaften” oder “okkulten

In: Aries
Author: Erich Hou

countries.… We cannot accept LGBT, marriage between men and men, women and women.’ 5 The universalism versus cultural relativism debate and the so-called ‘Asian Values’ are often raised by many Asian governments to defend their lack of human rights engagement in terms of the protection of sexual minorities

In: The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Author: Bong Ho Son

Culture is a concept that is claimed these days as the last authority for appeal in most discussions on human affairs and as the ultimate cause of important differences among people: “[C]ulture is the sole source of the validity of a moral right or rule”1 Only culture seems to be conclusive for almost all of what men are and what they do. Culture is what we collectively create but, at the same time, what we are determined by; we are our own masters and at the same time slaves of our own creations. The culture that is so decisive today, however, is not a universal culture common to everyone but the concrete culture of each society2 here and now. Thus the culture that is concretely relevant to us today is plural. Pluralism in the present understanding may not necessarily trouble Christians, but the relativism that accompanies it does. More alarming, however, is cultural determinism that seriously discourages Christian efforts for evangelism and, especially, foreign mission.

In: Philosophia Reformata
In: Religion, Human Rights and International Law