By Steven D. Hales

ISBN-10: 1405190213

ISBN-13: 9781405190213

A better half to Relativism provides unique contributions from prime students that handle the most recent considering at the position of relativism within the philosophy of language, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of technological know-how, common sense, and metaphysics.

  • Features unique contributions from a number of the top figures engaged on quite a few points of relativism
  • Presents a considerable, wide diversity of present brooding about relativism
  • Addresses relativism from some of the significant subfields of philosophy, together with philosophy of language, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of technological know-how, good judgment, and metaphysics

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One could claim relativity to a parameter not just for a single feature, but for a whole range of features. Thus, one might say globally for all morally evaluative features that they are relative to some parameter, such as a moral code. Moral features might include features such as being morally good, being what ought to be done, etc. We can expand the globality of this claim further by claiming that every feature is relative to some parameter. If we call the set of all features “F,” then we would be claiming the following: (GR1) is F.

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However, the global relativist will point out that no one asserting anything ever complies with that norm. Secondly, the relativist might deny that making assertions and claims is subject to this norm. She might insist that there are certain norms of assertion that she accepts, but that asserting only what is (or what one believes to be) absolutely true is not among those norms. Thus the self-refutation objection fails against this relativist. At this point, the objector might attempt to put further pressure on the relativist by challenging her to explain to which norms, according to her, assertions are subject.

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