chapter  12
Relativism and the Abolition of the Other
BySimon Blackburn
Pages 14

In this paper I wish to discuss the vexed question of Wittgenstein’s relationship to a movement of thought that may deserve to be called relativism. The idea of Wittgenstein offering comfort to any such thought polarizes the Wittgenstein community, as do so many other things. On the one hand there are Peter Winch, David Bloor, and perhaps Saul Kripke, who take him to inspire such a direction. On the other hand there are self-described realists, such as Jonathan Lear or John McDowell, or Donald Davidson, and even pragmatists, such as Richard Rorty, who, whatever their other differences, hail him as an ally in a project of ploughing up the fields of thought in which anything worth calling relativism grows.