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[What motivates relativism? After all, there are seemingly easier ways to account for the fact that the practices and beliefs of other peoples differ, sometimes dramatically, from our own. According to absolutism, such peoples may be simply wrong. Evolutionism, in a somewhat similar vein,...
[The anti-relativist would like to pin the relativist between two horns of a dilemma: either relativism is absolutely true, in which case the very assertion of relativism demonstrates that some truths are absolute, and the view is self-contradictory; or else, relativism is only relatively true,...
[Can relativism account for the apparently objective success of science? If our science and the technologies to which it gives rise are so successful that anyone from any way of life can appreciate, for instance, the remarkable achievement of an airplane flying across the sky, then mustn’t this...
[Can relativism account for the apparently objective success of science? Here I take the arguments from chapter three a step further, suggesting that success cannot be measured independently of the standards of assessment internal to a given practice. I analyze the ambivalence that we encounter...
[If science can explain everything there is, from the smallest particle to the multiverse, then how could there be room for genuinely different practices that are neither simply mistaken about the world, nor simply reducible to science? Whereas Chaps. 3 and 4 consider the success of science on...
[This concluding chapter develops a sophisticated relativism based on entrenched conflict, a product of the deep complexity and variety among human ways of engaging the world. I propose the view on relative grounds, without appealing to complete untranslatability, the polar opposition of claims,...
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