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By Steven D. Hales

A spouse to Relativism provides unique contributions from best students that deal with the most recent considering at the position of relativism within the philosophy of language, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of technology, good judgment, and metaphysics.

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  • Presents a considerable, vast diversity of present puzzling over relativism
  • Addresses relativism from a number of the significant subfields of philosophy, together with philosophy of language, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of technological know-how, common sense, and metaphysics

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One might then go on to search for some missing condition which, together with (i) and (ii) is sufficient. However, I do not regard that as a promising project. The term “relativism” is indeed normally reserved for theses that are at least in some sense controversial or surprising or philosophically interesting, such as the following claims of relativism about beauty and about moral permissibility: (AR) It is relative to an aesthetic standard whether an object is beautiful. (MR) It is relative to a moral code whether an action is morally permitted.

For all these claims are of the form (i) and support a corresponding claim of form (ii). But normally these claims are not thought of as forms of relativism. One conclusion to draw would be that while a pair of theses of form (i) and (ii) is a necessary component of relativism about a feature F, this is not yet sufficient. One might then go on to search for some missing condition which, together with (i) and (ii) is sufficient. However, I do not regard that as a promising project. The term “relativism” is indeed normally reserved for theses that are at least in some sense controversial or surprising or philosophically interesting, such as the following claims of relativism about beauty and about moral permissibility: (AR) It is relative to an aesthetic standard whether an object is beautiful.

This proposition will involve the attribution of some feature to some thing or things, so that it must be relative to P whether that thing or things have that feature. e. not concern any particular thing. , it will be a claim to the effect that everything or something has or lacks some feature. ) Who would deny the reverse entailment, that generally “a is F” entails “it is true that a is F”? Let me mention two such types of view, using the feature of beauty as an example. , Ayer 1946) believe that the feature of beauty does not give rise to truth-evaluable claims at all.

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