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Relativism - Pervasive Feature of the Contemporary Western World?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Philosophy of Religion. (Impact of Religion)
2015 (English)In: Social Epistemology, ISSN 0269-1728, E-ISSN 1464-5297, Vol. 29, no 1, 31-43 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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What is relativism? Why should we (or should we not) adopt a relativistic stance towards what we and others hold to be true about the world? And how did relativism come to be such a pervasive feature of the contemporary Western world? These are questions which I address in this paper. To relativize is to maintain that what is true-and not merely what is taken to be true-is dependent upon (is relative to) group, community, society, culture and the like and is not simply true in a universal way; that is, the same everywhere and for everyone. This is the Relativist Thesis. This thesis, in combination with some of the other theses concerning relativism, in particular the Expansionist Thesis-the idea that the scope of what is relative is significantly greater than what has previously been thought-makes the refutation of relativism much harder than philosophers in general have commonly assumed.

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2015. Vol. 29, no 1, 31-43 p.
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relativism, truth, pluralism, knowledge
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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Philosophy of Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-230301DOI: 10.1080/02691728.2013.782590ISI: 000352699300003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-230301DiVA: diva2:739859
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Available from: 2014-08-22 Created: 2014-08-22 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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