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- DescriptionRelativism, the view that kwledge is relative to time, culture, group and/or individual, remains a pervasive and influential intellectual position in philosophy and throughout the humanities. Since ancient times, relativists have been viewed as villains of truth and kwledge. They have undermined optimistic explanations of how we kw things and, instead, have grounded kwledge in the ever-changing world of human opinion. But is the relativists' torious reputation justified? In this important new book Patrick Phillips investigates several varieties of relativism proposed over the centuries and identifies relativism as a central strand of thought that permeates much of post-colonial and postmodern thinking. He investigates the reasons that contribute to the evergreen status of relativism and asks: why does relativism remain a constant occurrence in the writings of the humanities and what accounts for its popular appeal?
- Author BiographyPatrick Phillips teaches Philosophy at York University, Canada. In 2004 he won the York International Education Award.
- Author(s)Patrick J. J. Phillips
- PublisherContinuum Publishing Corporation
- Date of Publication14/09/2011
- Series TitleContinuum Studies in Philosophy
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintContinuum Publishing Corporation
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight245 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine9 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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