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By Robert B. Pippin

Robert Pippin disputes many conventional characterizations of the individuality of contemporary philosophy. of their position he defends claims approximately service provider, freedom, moral lifestyles and modernity itself, all of that are critical to the German idealist philosophical culture, and specifically, to the writings of Hegel. Having thought of the Hegelian model of those concerns the writer explores different debts as present in Habermas, Strauss, Blumenberg, Nietzsche, and Heidegger.

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Truth is a metaphysical property of beliefs. How we acquire such beliefs is another question – an epistemological question. To give an account of the metaphysical nature of truth in terms of how we acquire beliefs is to fall into conceptual error: giving an epistemological answer to a metaphysical question. Yet defenders of the epistemic theory respond that this is just an argument by stipulation, a dogmatic assertion. The epistemic theory of truth is not antipathetic to ontological relativity, since it has no commitment to the ultimate furniture of the world and it also is open to the possibility of some kinds of epistemological relativism (see Chapter 4).

If truth is relative, then it would follow that something could be true here but not there, or the very same thing that is true today could be not true tomorrow. On the surface this looks like a contradiction, but in fact alethic relativism has often been invoked as a way of avoiding contradiction. First, one needs to get clear about the idea of contradiction. What is it and why is it problematical, if indeed it is? Can one 28 R E L AT I V I S M legitimately accept contradictions? This is a starting point for talk about alethic relativism, since a desire to avoid the contradictions that arise from competing viewpoints motivates many relativists about truth.

How we acquire such beliefs is another question – an epistemological question. To give an account of the metaphysical nature of truth in terms of how we acquire beliefs is to fall into conceptual error: giving an epistemological answer to a metaphysical question. Yet defenders of the epistemic theory respond that this is just an argument by stipulation, a dogmatic assertion. The epistemic theory of truth is not antipathetic to ontological relativity, since it has no commitment to the ultimate furniture of the world and it also is open to the possibility of some kinds of epistemological relativism (see Chapter 4).

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