Health Care Analysis 8 (3):321-327 (2000)
|Abstract||The movement to respect culturaldiversity, known as multiculturalism, poses a dauntingchallenge to healthcare ethics. Can we construct adefensible passage from the fact of culturaldifferences to any claims regarding morality? Or doesmulticulturalism lead to ethical relativism? Macklinargues that, in view of a leading distinction betweenuniversalism in ethics and moral absolutism, the onlyreasonable passage avoids both absolutism andrelativism. She presents a strong case againstethical relativism and its pernicious consequences forcross-cultural issues in healthcare. She alsoprovides sound criteria for the assessment of aculture's moral progress|
|Keywords||absolutism autonomy cross-cultural ethics cross-cultural healthcare cultural diversity ethical universals human rights informed consent moral progress multiculturalism postmodernism principles relativism|
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