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'That May Be True For You, But It's Not True For Me' - Relativism Explained

According to the relativist, people who speak simply of what’s ‘true’ are na├»ve. ‘Whose truth?’ asks the relativist. ‘No claim is ever true, period. What’s true is always true for someone. It’s true relative to a particular person or culture. There’s no such thing as the absolute truth on any issue. This sort of relativism is certainly popular. For example, many claim that we ought never to condemn cultures with different moral points of view to our own. Differing moral perspectives are all equally valid. Similarly, some claim that while astrology and Feng Shui might be ‘false’ from a Western, scientific viewpoint, they are ‘true’ when viewed from alternative, New Age perspectives. What’s ‘true’ ultimately comes down to ones point of view. This is a chapter adapted from my book The Philosophy Gym . Introduction Let’s begin with a couple of illustrations of how appeals to relativism can creep into everyday conversation. 1. Olaf’s condemnation of female circumcision OLAF

My new Critical Thinking course - ideal for pupils, students, teachers, sceptics.

My new Critical Thinking course - ideal for pupils & teachers wanting to sharpen their thinking skills! 3 hours of snappy entertaining videos. Plus multiple choices quizzes. And if you get baffled, I'm on hand to respond to queries. Price of a paperback book!   Comprises all the most useful and fun bits of my teaching. Ideal for teachers and pupils wanting to sharpen their thinking.  The course (with sample videos) is here: And here's a sample video: