Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016. Pp. xiv + 298. isbn 978-1-137-33663-7.The philosophical literature on relativism is a little like the philosophical literature on scepticism. The relativist, like the sceptic, is a foe to be vanquished. In the rush to condemn, it is often unclear which variety of relativism is under attack. One can be a relativist about everything. Or one can be a relativist about a particular domain, for instance, epistemology. Even within a domain, there are further choice points. One can be a relativist about epistemic facts, like the fact that I know the earth was created millions of years ago. Maybe this is a fact for the scientist, but not for the creationist. Or one can be a relativist about knowledge attributions. Maybe it is true for me to say “I know the earth was created millions of years ago,” but not for the creationist. J. Adam Carter’s new book discusses all of these forms of relativism. While he takes a critical line, he is a careful and patient philosophical interlocutor. He takes the time to formulate a variety of relativisms, before telling us whether he thinks they are ultimately plausible. He concludes that the most plausible form
International Journal for the Study of Skepticism – Brill
Published: Dec 26, 2017
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