Relativism

1st Edition

Maria Baghramian, Annalisa Coliva

Routledge
October 14, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 304 Pages
ISBN 9781138818552 - CAT# Y166594
Series: New Problems of Philosophy

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Summary

'It's all relative'. In a world of increasing cultural diversity, it can seem that everything is indeed relative. But should we concede that there is no such thing as right and wrong, and no objective truth? Can we reconcile relativism and pluralism? How many relativisms are there, and can they be united in a common framework?

Relativism explores these important questions and many more, surveying the many different brands of relativism and evaluating arguments for and against them.

Beginning with a brief history of relativism, Maria Baghramian and Annalisa Coliva use the three headings of framework, conceptual and semantic or 'new' relativism to explore the following important topics:

  • motivating and defining relativism
  • conceptual relativism
  • factual relativism
  • relativism and truth
  • relativism, knowledge and justification
  • ethical relativism.

Including chapter summaries, suggestions for further reading and a glossary, Relativism is essential reading for students of philosophy as well as those in related disciplines where relativism is studied, such as anthropology, sociology and politics.

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