Single Idea 7066

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / E. Relativism / 6. Relativism Critique]

Full Idea

For those who regard the world as text or a social construct, are texts and social constructs real entities? If they are, what are they?

Gist of Idea

If the world is just texts or social constructs, what are texts and social constructs?


John Heil (From an Ontological Point of View [2003], 20.6)

Book Reference

Heil,John: 'From an Ontological Point of View' [OUP 2005], p.249

A Reaction

A nice turn-the-tables question. The oldest attacks of all on scepticism and relativism consist of showing that the positions themselves rest on knowledge or truth. Nietzsche may be the best model for relativists. E.g. Idea 4420.

Related Idea

Idea 4420 There is only 'perspective' seeing and knowing, and so the best objectivity is multiple points of view [Nietzsche]