Relativism and Reality: A Contemporary Introduction pdf epub fb2

Relativism and Reality: A Contemporary Introduction by Robert Kirk pdf epub fb2

Relativism and Reality: A Contemporary Introduction Author: Robert Kirk
Title: Relativism and Reality: A Contemporary Introduction
ISBN: 0415208165
ISBN13: 978-0415208161
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Pages: 208 pages
Publisher: Routledge (August 5, 1999)
Language: English
Category: Other
Size PDF version: 1653 kb
Size EPUB version: 1528 kb
Subcategory: Humanities




Our thoughts about the world are clearly influenced by such things as point of view, temperament, past experience and culture. However, some thinkers go much further and argue that everything that exists depends on us, arguing that 'even reality is relative'. Can we accept such a claim in the face of events such as floods and other natural disasters or events seemingly beyond our control? 'Realists' argue that reality is independent of out thinking. 'Relativists' disagree, arguing that what there is depends on our point of view. Which is right?Robert Kirk provides a crystal clear account of this debate from the Greek philosophers to Wittgenstein and Rorty. Along the way, he unpacks some of the more complicated issues surrounding ideas of objectivity, subjectivity, pragmatism and realism essential for those beginning any study of philosphy.