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Rethinking Epistemic Relativism

Citation
Ashton NA (2019) Rethinking Epistemic Relativism. Metaphilosophy, 50 (5), pp. 587-607. https://doi.org/10.1111/meta.12389

Abstract
‘Relativism’ is often treated as a dirty word in philosophy. Showing that a view entails relativism is almost always considered tantamount to showing that it is nonsensical. However, relativistic theories are not entirely unappealing – they have features which might be tempting if they weren’t thought to be outweighed by problematic consequences. In this paper I argue that it’s possible to secure the intuitively appealing features of at least one kind of relativism – epistemic relativism – without having to accept any problematic consequences. I do this by defending what I call 'stratified relativism'.

Keywords
epistemic relativism; epistemic justification; social roles; equal validity; hinge epistemology

Journal
Metaphilosophy: Volume 50, Issue 5

StatusPublished
Author(s)Ashton, Natalie Alana
FundersEuropean Commission (Horizon 2020)
Publication date31/10/2019
Publication date online25/10/2019
Date accepted by journal05/07/2019
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30215
ISSN0026-1068
eISSN1467-9973
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