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This book provides a clear argument against the most extreme forms of social constructivism, but it might be good to have some prior knowledge of this debate. I liked the book but I was a bit The purpose of this book is to present arguments against different forms of relativism and constructivism, which I believe the author does a good job in doing. The book is written for someone with some background in understanding philosophical arguments. Fear of Knowledge : Against Relativism and Constructivism.

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This book provides a clear argument against the most extreme forms of social constructivism, but it might be good to have some prior knowledge of this debate. I liked the book but I was a bit The purpose of this book is to present arguments against different forms of relativism and constructivism, which I believe the author does a good job in doing.

The book is written for someone with some background in understanding philosophical arguments. Fear of Knowledge : Against Relativism and Constructivism. Paul Boghossian. The academic world has been plagued in recent years by scepticism about truth and knowledge. Paul Boghossian, in his long-awaited first book, sweeps away relativist claims that there is no such thing as objective truth or knowledge, but only truth or knowledge from a particular perspective.

He demonstrates clearly that such claims don't even make sense. Boghossian focuses on three different ways of reading the claim that knowledge is socially constructed - one as a thesis about truth and two about justification. And he rejects all three. The intuitive, common-sense view is that there is a way things are that is independent of human opinion, and that we are capable of arriving at belief about how things are that is objectively reasonable, binding on anyone capable of appreciating the relevant evidence regardless of their social or cultural perspective.

Difficult as these notions may be, it is a mistake to think that recent philosophy has uncovered powerful reasons for rejecting them. This short, lucid, witty book shows that philosophy provides rock-solid support for common sense against the relativists; it will prove provocative reading throughout the discipline and beyond.

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Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism

Your complimentary articles. You can read four articles free per month. To have complete access to the thousands of philosophy articles on this site, please. Not only are there none of those fluffy moral facts, but there are no juicy, rock-solid historical facts, and certainly no scientific facts. Sounds like the sort of silliness that can give you an acute headache. This way of thinking stipulates that there are many radically different, yet equally valid, ways of seeing the world. But if all ways of seeing the world are equally valid, what happens when we say something is true?

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Fear of Knowledge

Relativist and constructivist conceptions of knowledge have become orthodoxy in vast stretches of the academic world in recent times. This book critically examines such views and argues that they are fundamentally flawed. The book focuses on three different ways of reading the claim that knowledge is socially constructed, one about facts and two about justification. All three are rejected.

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Now in paperback--"One of the most readable works in philosophy in recent years" Wall Street Journal --a compact, devastating attack on relativism and constructivism. The idea that science is just one more way of knowing the world and that there are other, radically different, yet equally valid ways, has taken deep root in academia. In Fear of Knowledge, Paul Boghossian tears these relativist theories of knowledge to shreds. He argues forcefully for the intuitive, common-sense view--that the world exists independent of human opinion and that there is a way to arrive at beliefs about the world that are objectively reasonable to anyone capable of appreciating the relevant evidence, regardless of their social or cultural perspective. This short, lucid, witty book shows that philosophy provides rock-solid support for common sense against the relativists; it is provocative reading throughout the discipline and beyond. His analysis is something of a tour de force: subtle and original enough to attract the attention of professional philosophers but accessible enough to be read by anyone with an interest in the subject. The result is one of the most readable works in philosophy in recent years.

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