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Author Barry, Donald K
Title Forms of life and following rules : a Wittgensteinian defence of relativism / by Donald K. Barry
Imprint Leiden ; New York : E.J. Brill, 1996
book jacket
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  121 W784ba 1996    AVAILABLE    30500100837148
 CLP Library  144.79 8675/ B279    AVAILABLE    30580001207211
Descript xiii, 192 pages ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Philosophy of history and culture, 0922-6001 ; v. 16
Philosophy of history and culture, 0922-6001 ; v. 16
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-189) and index
This study defends a version of epistemological relativism, taking as its point of departure some key arguments from the later work of Ludwig Wittgenstein - especially those concerning rule following and forms of life. An opposition is established between the dominant form of epistemological realism - that which relies upon 'truth conditions' - and theories in which knowledge and truth are fundamentally dependent upon context. It is argued in Part One that Wittgenstein proves the necessity for a contextual understanding of knowledge. Part Two develops a clearer idea of that context, using Thomas Kuhn's concept of paradigm. It is argued that this concept has been largely misunderstood (even by Kuhn), but that it can be developed to be remarkably consistent with Wittgenstein's arguments. All those - philosophers, historians, sociologists and others - who wish finally to understand the complex issues involved in debates about epistemological relativism will find this book invaluable
pt. 1. Rule Following. Ch. 1. Kripke's sceptical problem. Ch. 2. Realism and anti-realism. Ch. 3. Seeing-as -- pt. 2. Relativism. Ch. 4. Form of life. Ch. 5. The rationality of relativism. Ch. 6. Paradigms reconsidered
Subject Wittgenstein, Ludwig, 1889-1951
Knowledge, Theory of
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