Ethical Relativism & Ruth Benedict's Anthropology and the Abnormal


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What is the most powerful force in shaping a person's morals and norms, according to Benedict?

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1. What is a normal action, according to Benedict?

2. What does it mean for ethics to be relative to a culture, in Benedict's view?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz challenges your knowledge of Ethical Relativism and how it relates to the shaping of cultural values. In addition to a basic understanding of sociology and anthropology, comprehension of Ruth Benedict's Anthropology of the Abnormal will help you pass this quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Ethical Relativism brings greater meaning to the values of 'normal' and 'abnormal' - the normative qualities that define the values of a given culture. Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Definition of Ethical Relativism
  • How Ethical Relativism shapes differing culture values
  • How various cultures define 'normal' and 'abnormal'

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - understand the concept of Ethical Relativism and how it applies to cultural perceptions of 'normal' and 'abnormal'
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information derived from Ruth Benedict's Anthropology of the Abnormal
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to apply the theorem of Ethical Relativism to various ethical dilemmas

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson on Ethical Relativism & Benedict's Anthropology & the Abnormal. The objectives of this lesson are as follows:

  • Define Ethical Relativism and how it shapes cultural definitions of 'normal' and 'abnormal'
  • Apply this concept to various ethical dilemmas to determine how your own cultural values would shape how you perceive 'normality' and 'abnormality'
  • Consider how other cultures might differ in comparison to your own cultural perceptions