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& mdash;relative, that is, to some context or frame of reference& mdash;and that no absolute standards can adjudicate between competing reference 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 to 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.
A valuable resource for researchers working on the topic of relativism... Highly recommended. Choice
Foreword by Alan RyanPrefaceIntroduction, by Michael KrauszPart I. Orienting Relativism 1. Mapping Relativisms, by Michael Krausz2. A Brief History of Relativism, by Maria BaghramianPart II. Relativism, Truth, and Knowledge 3. Subjective, Objective, and Conceptual Relativisms, by Maurice Mandelbaum4. "Just the Facts, Ma'am!", by Nelson Goodman5. Relativism in Philosophy of Science, by Nancy Cartwright6. The Truth About Relativism, by Joseph Margolis7. Making Sense of Relative Truth, by John MacFarlane8. On the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme, by Donald Davidson9. Truth and Convention: On Davidson's Refutation of Conceptual Relativism, by Hilary Putnam10. Conceptual Schemes, by Simon Blackburn11. Relativizing the Facts, by Paul A. Boghossian12. Targets of Anti-Relativist Arguments, by Harvey Siegel13. Realism and Relativism, by Akeel BilgramiPart III. Moral Relativism, Objectivity, and Reasons 14. Moral Relativism Defended, by Gilbert Harman15. The Truth in Relativism, by Bernard Williams16. Pluralism and Ambivalence, by David B. Wong17. The Relativity of Fact and the Objectivity of Value, by Catherine Z. Elgin18. Senses of Moral Relativity, by David Wiggins19. Ethical Relativism and the Problem of Incoherence, by David Lyons20. Understanding Alien Morals, by Gopal Sreenivasan21. Value: Realism and Objectivity, by Thomas Nagel22. Intuitionism, Realism, Relativism, and Rhubarb, by Crispin Wright23. Moral Relativism and Moral Realism, by Russ Schafer-LandauPart IV. Relativism, Culture, and Understanding 24. Anti Anti-Relativism, by Clifford Geertz25. Solidarity or Objectivity?, by Richard Rorty26. Relativism, Power, and Philosophy, by Alasdair MacIntyre27. Internal Criticism and Indian Rationalist Traditions, by Martha C. Nussbaum and Amartya Sen28. Phenomenological Rationality and the Overcoming of Relativism, by Jitendra N. Mohanty29. Understanding and Ethnocentricity, by Charles Taylor30. Relativism and Cross-Cultural Understanding, by Kwame Anthony Appiah31. Relativism, Persons, and Practices, by Amelie Oksenberg Rorty32. One What? Relativism and Poststructuralism, by David Couzens Hoy33. Must a Feminist Be a Relativist After All?, by Lorraine CodeList of ContributorsIndex
For Ages: 22+ years old
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 6th August 2010
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.98