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Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism

Paul Boghossian


Relativist and constructivist conceptions of knowledge have become orthodoxy in vast stretches of the academic world in recent times. This book critically examines such views and argues that they are fundamentally flawed. The book focuses on three different ways of reading the claim that knowledge is socially constructed, one about facts and two about justification. All three are rejected. The intuitive, common sense view is that there is a way things are that is independent of human opinion, and that we are capable of arriving at belief about how things are that is objectively reasonable, and ... More

Keywords: relativism, constructivism, knowledge, truth, justification, rationality, science, Rorty, Kuhn

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199287185
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287185.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Boghossian, author
New York University
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