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Philosophical Relativity

Peter Unger


Challenges the deeply held assumption that many of the most central philosophical problems admit of deterministic, objective solutions. The position argued for here, philosophical relativism, is the view that the conclusions we arrive at are, in many cases, relative functions of arbitrary assumptions made at the outset of our inquiry, and that the opposing conclusions could have been reached via distinct but equally arbitrary assumptions. Philosophical relativity is a consequence of semantic relativity, the view that there obtains no objective answer to the question of what semantic content ou ... More

Keywords: causation, contextualism, epistemic skepticism, explanation, freewill and determinism, indeterminate, invariantism, philosophical relativity, semantic relativity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195155532
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019515553X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Unger, author
New York University
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