File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_2001/bhaskar.0104, message 29

Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 13:01:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: BHA: Terms of Jugement (call for help)

Dear List:

I think it was howard (correct me if i am wrong.. i don't have the email
with me) that said that the ER and JR thesis is one of CR's most
significant contributions.  Can you further elaborate on this point?  What
specific theories is ER and JR attempting to going against?


On Mon, 30 Apr 2001, Jan Straathof wrote:

> 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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