An answer to relativism?

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 1990 Number 10

An answer to relativism?
Paul Hirst pages -


Does relativism matter? Hirst discusses the relationship between relativism and objectivism, taking in the conservative view that relativism is a ‘plague’, and looking at cultural difference and pluralism in the context of anthropological theory and practice. He points out that arguments about relativism are ‘nothing new’ - Jesuit missionaries would adapt Christian teachings to local beliefs in ways that drew criticism. Hirst acknowledges that there are always limits to belief (in the modern context, one cannot assert that the earth is flat) but equally some relativism is inescapable.

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