Epistemic Relativism: A Constructive Critique

2014.10.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Markus Seidel, Epistemic Relativism: A Constructive Critique, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 284pp., $105.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.10.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Markus Seidel, Epistemic Relativism: A Constructive Critique, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 284pp., $105.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781137377883. Reviewed by John K. Davis, California State University, Fullerton Natural science is one of the last places you would expect to find evidence for epistemic relativism, yet the sociology of scientific knowledge is sometimes cited as an important motivation for the view, and its practitioners sometimes sound like relativists. Given the recent rise of relativism, it is time to look more closely at this. This book is meant to discuss and evaluate epistemic relativism in general through a close examination of a view in the sociology of scientific knowledge called the "Strong Program" or "Edinburgh Relativism." Thus, Markus Seidel has two projects: to determine whether the claims made by the Strong Program support epistemic relativism (normative and not merely descriptive), and to. . .

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