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Relativism and the Foundations of Philosophy (Paperback): Steven D. Hales
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Relativism and the Foundations of Philosophy (Paperback)

Steven D. Hales

Series: Relativism and the Foundations of Philosophy

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The grand and sweeping claims of many relativists might seem to amount to the argument that everything is relative--except the thesis of relativism. In this book, Steven Hales defends relativism, but in a more circumscribed form that applies specifically to philosophical propositions. His claim is that philosophical propositions are relatively true--true in some perspectives and false in others. Hales defends this argument first by examining rational intuition as the method by which philosophers come to have the beliefs they do. Analytic rationalism, he claims, has a foundational reliance on rational intuition as a method of acquiring basic beliefs. He then argues that there are other methods that people use to gain beliefs about philosophical topics that are strikingly analogous to rational intuition and examines two of these: Christian revelation and the ritual use of hallucinogens. Hales argues that rational intuition is not epistemically superior to either of these alternative methods. There are only three possible outcomes: we have no philosophical knowledge (skepticism); there are no philosophical propositions (naturalism); or there are knowable philosophical propositions, but our knowledge of them is relative to doxastic perspective. Hales defends relativism against the charge that it is self-refuting and answers a variety of objections to this account of relativism. Finally, he examines the most sweeping objection to relativism: that philosophical propositions are not merely relatively true, because there are no philosophical propositions--all propositions are ultimately empirical, as the naturalists contend. Hales's somewhat disturbing conclusion--that intuition-driven philosophy does produce knowledge, but not absolute knowledge--is sure to inspire debate among philosophers.

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Imprint: Bradford Books
Country of origin: United States
Series: Relativism and the Foundations of Philosophy
Release date: September 2009
First published: 2006
Authors: Steven D. Hales
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 232
ISBN-13: 978-0-262-51330-2
Barcode: 9780262513302
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Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Epistemology, theory of knowledge
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Epistemology, theory of knowledge
LSN: 0-262-51330-7

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