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Common Knowledge (2016) 22 (3): 473–487.
Published: 01 September 2016
... relativism and absolutism—that all philosophical positions must fall under one or the other heading. Daniel Paksi's response is that Bloor covertly subscribes to a trichotomy of umbrella headings: idealist relativism (or irrealism), materialist relativism, and absolutism. Bloor, it is argued, connects...
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Common Knowledge (2016) 22 (3): 488–499.
Published: 01 September 2016
...David Bloor This essay is a follow-up to a previous article by the author, “Epistemic Grace: Antirelativism as Theology in Disguise,” published in Common Knowledge 13, nos. 2–3 (2007): 250–80. Its central claim was that relativism and absolutism should be understood as categories that are mutually...
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Common Knowledge (2019) 25 (1-3): 357–363.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Roger Cardinal Etchegaray; Translated by Mei Lin Chang; Jeffrey M. Perl Cardinal Etchegaray argues here that the dialogue between church and state, with both parties rooted in sometimes conflicting absolute claims and values, has become more recently a wider-ranging dialogue between the church...
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Common Knowledge (2023) 29 (1): 21–24.
Published: 01 January 2023
... as “we atheists,” by which he seems to have meant “those of us repelled by extravagant or overheated claims and absolutes.” His tendency was thus to pull back in what might seem to be bored alarm from treatments of science as superior, perilous, or in any essential way different from other forms...
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Common Knowledge (2019) 25 (1-3): 204–219.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Anne Carson; Jeffrey M. Perl This essay in both literary criticism and negative theology treats three widely diverse cases of women who “had the nerve to enter a zone of absolute spiritual daring.” The three cases are of the poet Sappho (in seventh-century Greek antiquity), the mystic Margarite...
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Common Knowledge (2014) 20 (3): 511–517.
Published: 01 August 2014
... as their instrument and identity. The king thus had his own reasons for upholding the liberty of conscience, and so James II can be found using the language of a skeptical Enlightenment, while at the same time affirming the absoluteness of his authority and incurring the suspicion of popery. How “toleration...
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Common Knowledge (2016) 22 (2): 284–300.
Published: 01 May 2016
.... If disenchantment is the price of victory over absolute evil, few would doubt that it was worth paying—within the framework of the tales. For the far future of Middle-Earth, however, the implications are less benign. The Elves accept their fate and either dwindle or depart. But the orcs, personifying disenchantment...
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Common Knowledge (2011) 17 (1): 77–81.
Published: 01 January 2011
... of concern is that, in being utterly uninterested in defining absolute scales for comparison and in focusing only on the generative potential of comparing, she relativizes the very act of comparing. What matters to her is how experimental devices simultaneously sensitize their users to the phenomena at hand...
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Common Knowledge (2009) 15 (2): 197–207.
Published: 01 April 2009
... realization it can occasion that the Real has absolutely nothing to do with the social or with any sort of ethical action. We argue that Jain asceticism cannot function as an adequate resource for contemporary ethics. Our normative concerns lie exclusively with the adequacy of Jain quietism in supporting...
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Common Knowledge (2009) 15 (3): 373–394.
Published: 01 August 2009
... of The Education is more ontological than personal, the necessary consequence of his quietistic belief in a materialist determinism so absolute as to reduce persons and history alike to “sum[s].... of the forces” of “nature.” This belief, one shared by many of his contemporaries and most fully evolved in Adams's...
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Common Knowledge (2007) 13 (2-3): 250–280.
Published: 01 August 2007
... that mean not no moral convictionsany absoluteclaim thatcan ground or doessanction. This ofstatus “absolute” on any plausible definition of “absolute.”there Likewise, are knowledge. There is no knowledge about worldthe natural that qualifies forthe absolute possess never docan, not,and humans...
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Common Knowledge (2003) 9 (1): 119–131.
Published: 01 January 2003
... assertions (and their grounds) must be universally true or false—but also feel no need for a final authority (God, tradition, transcenden- tal subject, or absolute spirit) on which to rely: the universal truth or falsehood of propositions can in any case...
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Common Knowledge (2002) 8 (1): 188–203.
Published: 01 January 2002
... in Longinus and is corroborated by a papyrus. Let us attempt to see its coherence with what goes before. “All is to be dared because even a person of poverty. . . ,” says verse 17. It is a new thought. The content of the thought is absolute daring. The condition...
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Common Knowledge (2010) 16 (3): 474–492.
Published: 01 August 2010
... commends a Stoic-­seeming quietism that refrains from speaking about ethics, aesthetics, God, or the mystical, and that refrains from asking unanswerable questions about the “meaning of life.” If no act and no state of affairs has value, let alone absolute value...
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Common Knowledge (2013) 19 (1): 111–130.
Published: 01 January 2013
... absolutism. the to relativism unambiguously be ever could relativism that separated, be ever could they that suggest to impudence a pieceof absolutist   inseparable indeed are absolutism and matter. Relativism the describe to way oravalid another,is one context in each...
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Common Knowledge (2013) 19 (1): 65–87.
Published: 01 January 2013
... wise than we have been thinking that constitutes experience” (C. S. PeirceC. S. experience” constitutes that thinking we been have than wise other think to us upon absolute constraint the compulsion, the is “It of mind: continuity onthe another after one interruption imposing itcore...
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Common Knowledge (2002) 8 (3): 568–570.
Published: 01 August 2002
... appears just when the necessity is absolute: at the awful descent along a gorge. Elsewhere, the earth is asphalted. Magnificently. Ambri, Piotta, Quinto, Rodi, Faido. We are still among the little does and blueberries. This is what it means...
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Common Knowledge (2003) 9 (3): 406–423.
Published: 01 August 2003
... a moral stance in access to the absolute, we might define it as a positive acceptance of one’s own finitude, limitation, cir- cumscription. What characterizes a moral position may not be identification with, or claims to speak from or for, any absolute authority or infinite...
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Common Knowledge (2003) 9 (3): 399–405.
Published: 01 August 2003
... of colonialism, the end of our belief that other cultures lend themselves to placement on an evolutionary line leading toward the supreme sophistication of our own. These are not “absolute” or “essential” reasons—not least because of the contradiction inherent in attributing...
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Common Knowledge (2022) 28 (3): 359–365.
Published: 01 September 2022
... been long in Rorty's canon. Our lead contributor here, Nicholas Gaskill, thinks that STS offers a more robust way of doing without absolutes, a better antifoundationalism than Rorty's. I would say, only a newer one. The terms in which Rorty argued forty-five years ago in Philosophy and the Mirror...