Ethical Relativism in a Multicultural Society

Ruth Macklin

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Abstract

The multicultural composition of the United States can pose problems for physicians and patients who come from diverse backgrounds. Although respect for cultural diversity mandates tolerance of the beliefs and practices of others, in some situations excessive tolerance can produce harm to patients. Careful analysis is needed to determine which values are culturally relative and which rest on an underlying universal ethical principle. A conception of justice as equality challenges the notion that it is always necessary to respect all of the beliefs and practices of every cultural group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalKennedy Institute of Ethics journal
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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