Relativism - Pervasive Feature of the Contemporary Western World?
2015 (English)In: Social Epistemology, ISSN 0269-1728, E-ISSN 1464-5297, Vol. 29, no 1, 31-43 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 29, no 1, 31-43 p.
relativism, truth, pluralism, knowledge
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject Philosophy of Religion
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-230301DOI: 10.1080/02691728.2013.782590ISI: 000352699300003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-230301DiVA: diva2:739859
ProjectsImpact of Religion