„Der Balkan–Ein ZusammenstoB von Kulturen oder die Konfrontation von Zivilizationen [Balkans–Clash of Cultures or Confrontation of Civilizations ( Popper v/s Huntington)"
Penka Angelova und Judith Veichtlbauer (Hrsg.): Pulverfaß Balkan. Mythos oder Realität.
Internationales Symposium Rousse, Oktober 1998.
(Schriftenreihe der Elias Canetti Gesellschaft. Bd.3)
St Ingbert: Rörig Universitätsverlag, 2001.
318 S., brosch., pp.187-195, DM 52.-. ISBN 3-86110-274-9.
Cultural relativism is a generalization of epistemological relativism. It claims that mutual understanding and joint activities between different theories and hypotheses is impossible. Yet the meaning of terms and laws is different. They go through changes in case of transition to a new theory. Theories cannot reach objective truth – their results are determined by historical and psychological factors. Two scientific theories or paradigms cannot be compared by checking experience, because it is theoretically charged.
The same arguments are developed by relativists as regards different cultures. It is even more difficult to compare them: they are symbolic worlds of values and meanings specific for a respective community. We can talk about different cultures on the basis of specific ethnic, national, political, social, and regional and gender features.