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Thinking Allowed
Wednesday 16:00-16:30
Laurie Taylor discusses the latest social science research.
14 January 2009  repeat 18 January
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MORAL RELATIVISM
Different cultures have different beliefs, so what gives us the right to judge the behaviour of other people in a world where moralities often conflict?  Is there a universal human standard of right and wrong, or does culture explain and excuse behaviour that other peoples might find abhorrent?  How should the anthropologist understand cannibalism?  Can a cultural context excuse female genital mutilation?

Laurie Taylor is joined by Professor Steven Lukes, author of a book on moral relativism, Henrietta Moore, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and Professor Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics, to discuss relationship of culture and morality in the debate on a universal notion of human rights.
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Professor Steven Lukes

Professor of Sociology, New York University

Moral Relativism: Big Ideas/Small Books
Steven Lukes
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd (5 Feb 2009)
ISBN-10: 1846680093
ISBN-13: 978-1846680090

Henrietta Moore
William Wise Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Culture & Globalization Programme at LSE, and editor of Cultural Politics In A Global Age. 

Professor Conor Gearty
Professor of Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics and Director of LSE’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights.
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