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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Rethinking Epistemic Relativism
Author(s): Ashton, Natalie Alana
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Keywords: epistemic relativism
epistemic justification
social roles
equal validity
hinge epistemology
Issue Date: Oct-2019
Date Deposited: 1-Oct-2019
Citation: Ashton NA (2019) Rethinking Epistemic Relativism. Metaphilosophy, 50 (5), pp. 587-607.
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'.
DOI Link: 10.1111/meta.12389
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