chapter  7
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Defence of Relativism

There is a widespread view among philosophers that relativism, quite generally, is hopeless. Such a view is about as undiscerning and unjustified as the view that eating fat, quite generally, is unhealthy. There are many different kinds of fat and whether eating a particular kind of fat is unhealthy depends on the quantity one eats, on the other things one eats with it, and on one's style of life generally. The same goes for relativism. There are many different forms of relativism, and whether a particular form of relativism is a healthy view to take might depend on one's other views.