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Relativism and Uncertainty: A Response to Lukes and Riggio
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2014 (English)In: Social Epistemology, ISSN 0269-1728, E-ISSN 1464-5297, Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, Vol. 3, no 7, 10-15 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A  new epistemology − or a mindset through which to see truth and knowledge in a particular light − has emerged and is increasingly shaping the worldview of people in the West. (And perhaps we should not, as Steven Lukes suggests, limit it to the West.) A fundamental shift in epistemology is taking place in today’s society. An appropriate name for this new folk epistemology is disputed, as is its content and, of course, the question of whether or not it is a desirable development. 

In “Relativism — a Pervasive Feature of the Contemporary Western World,” I named it relativism and argued that what is new is not strictly speaking its content, but rather is the extension of the viewpoint: more and more people nowadays think that the scope of what is relative is significantly greaterthan what had previously been commonly thought. There is a growing suspicion that, when it comes to morality, religion, knowledge, truth and science, what we had earlier thought to be fixed and universal is actually malleable and local, and is dependent on human interest, gender, class, ethnicity, culture, or worldview. Steven Lukes and Adam Riggio seem to agree, and also to find my conception of relativism illuminating and useful, but they raise some interesting and challenging questions to which I shall try to respond.

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2014. Vol. 3, no 7, 10-15 p.
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relativism, truth, morality
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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Philosophy of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-230302OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-230302DiVA: diva2:739861
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