State of the ArtCultural Relativism and Cultural Diversity: Implications for Nursing PracticeBaker, Cynthia PhD, RNAuthor Information Associate Professor; Ecole des Sciences Infirmieres; Universite de Moncton; Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Advances in Nursing Science: September 1997 - Volume 20 - Issue 1 - p 3-11 Buy Abstract This article examines the doctrine of cultural relativism in nursing practice.To introduce the issue, an overview of the intellectual history of cultural relativism is presented. The academic themes of the debate surrounding cultural relativism are illustrated with an example of the social controversy in France involving cultural relativism as used to defend the practice of female genital excision among immigrant communities. The dilemma faced by nursing in making cross-cultural judgments is then examined in the light of the academic and social debates. The article concludes with a theoretical resolution of the issue of cultural relativism for nursing practice that is based on hermeneutic philosophy. Copyright © 1997 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.