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Postmodern Relativism as Enlightened Pluralism

  • Raphael Sassower
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Abstract

Reasonable relativism, the view that judgments ought to be contextualized and that the contexts themselves keep realigning as such acts of judgments are undertaken, anchors a certain variant of postmodernism, the one explored here. Eschewing radical relativism with its nihilism on the one end of the spectrum and solipsism on the other, in what follows the potential for what may be called, provisionally, postmodern relativism, is explored. In this view, there is an opportunity to examine under what conditions multiple views, some contradictory, some complementary, may be found useful in the affairs of the state. The crux of the test for postmodern pluralism is how it contextualizes decision-making processes, the adaptation of public policies, and the moral judgments to which they appeal. Admittedly, it’s difficult to conduct this test since any behavior within a relativized context is itself dynamic and thereby changes the context itself.

Keywords

Postmodernism Pluralism Postmodern relativism Morality Pedagogy 

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  • Raphael Sassower
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  1. 1.University of ColoradoColorado SpringsUSA

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