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Relativism A Contemporary Anthology

ISBN-10: 0231144113

ISBN-13: 9780231144117

Edition: 2010

Authors: Michael Krausz

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The essays in this volume grapple with one of the most intriguing, enduring, and far-reaching philosophical problems of our age. Relativism comes in many varieties. It is often defined as the belief that truth, goodness, or beauty is relative-relative, that is, to some context or frame of reference-and that no absolute standards can adjudicate between competing frames.This anthology captures the significance and range of relativistic doctrines, rehearsing their virtues and vices and reflecting a spectrum of attitudes toward relativism. Invoking diverse philosophical orientations, these doctrines concern conceptions of relativism in relation pluralism and moral relativism, facts and conceptual schemes, realism and objectivity, solidarity and rationality, universalism and foundationalism, and feminism and poststructuralism. The thirty-three essays in this book include nine original works and many classical articles. Contributors include Kwame Anthony Appiah, Maria Baghramian, Akeel Bilgrami, Simon Blackburn, Nancy Cartwright, Donald Davidson, Clifford Geertz, Nelson Goodman, Gilbert Harman, David Hoy, David Lyons, Maurice Mandelbaum, Joseph Margolis, Jitendra Mohanty, Thomas Nagel, Martha Nussbaum, Hilary Putnam, Richard Rorty, Amartya Sen, Harvey Siegel, Gopal Sreenivasan, Charles Taylor, David Wiggins, Bernard Williams, David Wong, and Crispin Wright.
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 9/3/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.002
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Orienting Relativism
Mapping Relativisms
A Brief History of Relativism
Relativism, Truth, and Knowledge
Subjective, Objective, and Conceptual Relativisms
"Just the Facts, Ma'am!"
Relativism in Philosophy of Science
The Truth About Relativism
Making Sense of Relative Truth
On the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme
Truth and Convention: On Davidson's Refutation of Conceptual Relativism
Conceptual Schemes
Relativizing the Facts
Targets of Anti-Relativist Arguments
Realism and Relativism
Moral Relativism, Objectivity, and Reasons
Moral Relativism Defended
The Truth in Relativism
Pluralism and Ambivalence
The Relativity of Fact and the Objectivity of Value
Senses of Moral Relativity
Ethical Relativism and the Problem of Incoherence
Understanding Alien Morals
Value: Realism and Objectivity
Intuitionism, Realism, Relativism, and Rhubarb
Moral Relativism and Moral Realism
Relativism, Culture, and Understanding
Anti Anti-Relativism
Solidarity or Objectivity?
Relativism, Power, and Philosophy
Internal Criticism and Indian Rationalist Traditions
Phenomenological Rationality and the Overcoming of Relativism
Understanding and Ethnocentricity
Relativism and Cross-Cultural Understanding
Relativism, Persons, and Practices
One What? Relativism and Poststructuralism
Must a Feminist Be a Relativist After All?
List of Contributors
Index