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Single Idea 6583

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / E. Relativism / 1. Relativism]

Full Idea

We reach radical perspectivism by replacing Kant's single, necessary categorial scheme with a plurality of competing categorial schemes.


'Perspectivism' refers to Nietzsche relativist epistemological views

Gist of Idea

Radical perspectivism replaces Kant's necessary scheme with many different schemes


Robert Fogelin (Walking the Tightrope of Reason [2003], Ch.3)

Book Reference

Fogelin,Robert: 'Walking the Tightrope of Reason' [OUP 2004], p.80

A Reaction

It certainly looks as if Kant sent us down a slippery slope into the dafter aspects of twentieth century relativism. The best antidote I know of is Davidson's (e.g. Idea 6398). But then it seems unimaginative to say that only one scheme is possible.

Related Idea

Idea 6398 Different points of view make sense, but they must be plotted on a common background [Davidson]