This acerbic gut response to such extreme relativism is what Paul Boghossian is banking on and playing off of in writing his new book Fear of Knowledge. Fear of Knowledge, Against Relativism and Constructivism – By Paul Boghossian . Article (PDF Available) in dialectica 63(3) · September with 1, Reads. Boghossian uses Fear of Knowledge to distinguish between true or false ideas and justified or unjustified beliefs. This book looks at constructivism and.

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Since we constructed the fact that P, then P. Moreover, the knowoedge and complexity of Boghossian’s discussion threatens to make it less accessible to the non-specialist than one might hope.

Fear of Knowledge

That hardly seems adequate. Boghossian briefly defends Premise 1but attends mainly to Premise 2. My belief that the earth is spherical is not only true for me, but also for everyone whether this belief is shared or not. Jun 05, Tomas Serrien rated it did not like it.

Second, as already noted, the criticism slides back and forth between relativism about facts and relativism about truth. If the relativist answers ‘yes,’ he faces three problems: Such entitlement, if it indeed obtains, is clearly distinct from epistemic justification, since it is clearly possible for a thinker to be ‘blindly entitled to use the system he finds himself with,’ even though that system fails to meet for example the demands of coherence, just noted, that Boghossian accepts as constraining epistemic systems and principles.


The last problem for the constructivist is that of disagreement.

I would use parts of it in the introductory section to my intro to philosophy class just to help motivate what I take to be basic assumptions that are central to analytic philosophy. A very enjoyable reading experience.

The book is an accessible, worthwhile read. At the risk of incurring the charge of self-promotion, I boghosskan my own ‘Relativism’ op.

If you can look past the slightly opaque writing, this book would be a good read for anyone wanting to know more about the subject. The traditional argument is that the relativist faces a dilemma: The simplest is that relativism is self-refuting – the claim ‘there are no truths’ is itself a claim to truth. It’s clear, and really pretty fair. In Defense of Epistemic Relativism. Boghossian, Fear of Knowledge: What is wrong with it? But that is, in effect, what the epistemic relativist is recommending….

Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism

Can be read as a primer in contemporary epistemology. Hitting the Straw Man, Missing the Parade. There is a solid point to be made from examining fact constructivism and Boghossian’s classic model of knowledge, which is they are boghosslan incomplete.

Josko Zanic – – Obghossian Journal of Philosophy 8 This entry has boghossina external links. Deterding – – Constructivist Foundations 6 2: Sign in to use this feature. Boghossian says this shows that constructivism violates the law of non-contradiction: His discussion of the former includes truth, so that the view he here criticizes — Rorty’s relativistic fact-constructivism — holds both that facts are constructed and that there are no absolute truths concerning such facts. University Press Scholarship Online.

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Fear of Knowledge – Paperback – Paul Boghossian – Oxford University Press

Roger White – – Philosophical Perspectives 24 1: The author notes, among other problems, that constructivism confuses the idea of the description dependence of facts with another idea, the social relativity of descriptions. Reflections on Chapter 6 of Fear of Knowledge. Much of the vocabulary of everyday discourse is vague, seemingly neither true nor false.

The Way Things Are: The best book on the subject and easily accessible by laypersons.

Boghossian claims constructivism has 3 defects. It frar important to remember that Boghossian is not actually advancing this ‘seductively powerful argument’; rather, it is the thesis that is to be followed by its antithesis in Chapter 6 and a synthesis or ‘resolution of the paradox’ in Chapter 7.

The Case Against Epistemic Relativism: Boghossian aims to interrogate its central claims as well as its partner claim that knowledge is ‘socially constructed’ – i. According to a theory that we accept, there is a theory that we accept and according to this latter theory, there is a theory that we accept and… there have been dinosaurs.

If the relativist insists that that’s not required, then the regress doesn’t mean that the truth of relativism makes it impossible to grasp the content of any claims.