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Relativism and post-truth in contemporary society : possibilities and challenges

Author: Mikael Stenmark; Steve Fuller; Ulf Zackariasson
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018] ©2018
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This book approaches post-truth and relativism in a multidisciplinary fashion. Researchers from astrophysics, philosophy, psychology, media studies, religious studies, anthropology, social epistemology and sociology discuss and analyse the impact of relativism and post-truth both within the academy and in society at large. The motivation for this multidisciplinary approach is that relativism and post-truth are  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mikael Stenmark; Steve Fuller; Ulf Zackariasson
ISBN: 9783319965598 331996559X
OCLC Number: 1052796925
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Intro; Preface; Contents; Notes on Contributors; Chapter 1: Introduction: Engaging Relativism and Post-Truth; Relativity, Relativization and Post-Truth; A (Very) Brief History of Relativization; Typologies of Relativism; Navigating a Post-Truth Condition: Overview of the Chapters; References; Part I: The Promise of Relativism; Chapter 2: Relativism Versus Absolutism: The Sense of Relativism That Leibniz and Hegel Grasped but Plato Didn't; Introduction: What Is the Opposite of Relativism-Universalism or Absolutism?; Why Plato Was No Absolutist; Saint Augustine Turns Plato to Absolutism Conclusion: The Ethics of Absolutism-Living Forever as a Means Without Ends?References; Chapter 3: Postmodern Relativism as Enlightened Pluralism; Introduction; Postmodern Pluralism as Critique; Postmodern Relativism in Moral Terms; Pluralism in Practice; References; Part II: Post-Truth as Social Condition and Truth-Game; Chapter 4: Post-Truth, Social Media, and the "Real" as Phantasm; References; Chapter 5: A Theory of Evolution of Religious Knowledge in a Post-Revolutionary Iran: And a New Frontier for Sociology of Knowledge; Introduction; The Historical Background Historicity of Religious Knowledge: Problematic yet UnavoidableA Crypto-Secular Theory or a Post-Truth Game?; Conclusion: Post-Truth as a Sociological Concept; References; Part III: Relativism and the Academy; Chapter 6: On Extrapolation in Trans-Cultural Dialogues: The Example of the Use of Einstein's Theories of Relativity in the Discourse of Relativism; Criticism of Relativity and Relativism; Derrida's "Einsteinian Constant"; An Example of "Forced Relativism"; References; Chapter 7: Mental Health Diagnosis: Is It Relative or Universal in Relation to Culture? Operating Definitions, Terms, and Conceptual Starting Points for Understanding the Universal-Relative DebateUnderstanding the Positioning of Culture in the DSM Process; Understanding the Positioning of Culture in the DSM-IV; Introduction to the Manual; Cultural Considerations for Specific Disorders; Cultural Annotations for the Multiaxial Schema; Cultural Formulation Outline; Glossary of Culture-Bound Syndromes (CBS) and Idioms of Distress; Understanding the Positioning of Culture in the DSM-5; The Cultural Formulation Interview; References; Chapter 8: Critique of Human Rights Universalism Three Forms of Universalism and RelativismWhat Is Problematic About Human Rights Universalism?; Human Rights as Legal, Moral, and Political Conventions: The Fourth Form of Relativism; Toward Critical Universalism; References; Part IV: The Threat of Relativism; Chapter 9: Scientism and Utopia: New Atheism as a Fundamentalist Reaction to Relativism; Secular Fundamentalism; The Ideology of Scientific Atheism; New Atheism and the Science Wars; Islam and Civilization; The Project of Utopia; References; Chapter 10: The Barbarian in Rome and the Cultural Relativism Debate
Responsibility: Mikael Stenmark, Steve Fuller, Ulf Zackariasson, editors.

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