chapter  3
Indexical Relativism versus Genuine Relativism
ByMax Kölbel
Pages 17

Most work on relativism focuses on the debate between opponents and defenders of some relativist thesis. This article is different, for it concerns a debate among relativists as to what precise form their relativism ought to take. The main contention of this paper is modest. The main claim for which I want to argue is the claim that there is a significant difference between two broad forms a relativist thesis can take: that of indexical relativism and that of genuine relativism. This does not mean, however, that the following will be an esoteric discussion directed only at relativists. A clarification of the precise claims relativists might make will be of crucial interest to relativists and opponents alike.