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Postre: Philosophy: Herder and Cultural Relativism (Alain de Benoist, France) (John Eipper, USA, 01/26/10 5:45 am)
Alain de Benoist writes: David Gress (25 January) wrote: For all Herder's sensible talk about each epoch having its own logic and morality (anticipating Ranke), and about no morality being superior to any other, does anyone seriously believe that Herder would have seen no distinction between a culture that condemned incest and murder and one that applauded such acts? How relativist was his anthropology really? David is right. Herder was not a relativist (nor I am). He was a culturalist. All he said was that all cultures have their own dignity, that they have to be understood from inside, and that it is impossible to establish a global hierarchy between them. This does not mean a suspension of judgment. However, I do not know of any culture which has systematically applauded any kind of murder throughout its history. As for incest, it is today perfectly lawful in France (the only limitation being that incestuous couples cannot marry).