File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_2001/bhaskar.0104, message 28


Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 18:53:16 +0100
Subject: Re: BHA: Terms of Jugement (call for help)


re the distinction between "epistemic relativism" and "judgemental
relativism":

"The firts is the correct thesis of _epistemic relativity_, which
asserts that all beliefs are socially produced, so that all knowledge
is transient, and niether truth-values nor criteria of rationality
exist outside historical time. The other is the incorrect thesis of
_judgemental relativism_, which asserts that all beliefs (statements)
are equally valid, in the sense that there can be no (rational) grounds
for preferring one to another. Denying the principle of epistemic
relativity inevitably entails embracing some type of epistemological
_absolutism_ (which, by short route, invarialby results in some kind
of idealism), while acceptance of judgemental relativism inevitably
leads to some or other form of _irrationalism_." [PON3:57]




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