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Relativism, realism, and reflection

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This paper undertakes a critical examination of three key strands - relativism, anti-realism, and reflection - in Bernard Williams's sceptical interpretation of ethical thought. The anti-realist basis of Williams's 'relativism of distance' is identified and the way this threatens to render his relativism more subversive than initially appears. Focusing on Williams's anti-realism, the paper argues that it fails because it is caught on the horns of a dilemma: either it draws on a conception of ...

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10.1080/002017498321706

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Corpus Christi College
Publisher:
Routledge Publisher's website
Journal:
Inquiry Journal website
Volume:
41
Issue:
4
Pages:
377-410
Publication date:
1998-12-05
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EISSN:
1502-3923
ISSN:
0020-174x
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ora:3861
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English
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