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14 Mar 2011 16:00
14 Mar 2011 18:00
Europe/Rome

Prof. Elijah Millgram, University of Utah

"Relativism, Coherence and the Problems of Philosophy"

Venue: Sala Rossa, Dipartimento di Discipline della Comunicazione, V. Azzo Gardino 23, III° piano

Online paper: http://www.philosophy.utah.edu/Faculty/millgram/rel.pdf

Handout attached below.

Abstract:

Why is relativism respectable in some academic disciplines but not in
others? Relativism is taken seriously in philosophy, and some
philosophers are relativists; but many, perhaps most, are not. Why is
philosophy a mixed case? I will argue that the different academic
disciplines' takes on relativism are to a large extent expressions of
the craft experiences of the craftsmen in the respective disciplines,
and I will try to identify and account for the features of the craft
experience of philosophy that explain the status of relativism within
the field.

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