3/7/11

Why relativism fails


Why relativism fails:

The universe in which every opinion is as good as every other is a universe without argument. A universe without argument, without reason, is not (contra Aristotle, Spinoza) absurd. It is not self contradictory to conceive such a state of affairs. But such a universe is without firm assertion, without contrast, without interest. Such a universe is blah, ennui, boredom per se. One can exist in such a universe, but not live. Thus, a relativistic stance is not only practically impossible (because we *have* to take stands in the tussle of life) but it is also existentially impossible. We couldn't bear such a place. We'd kill ourselves or kill someone else rather than let the status quo stand. Schopenhauer's conclusion, if not his premises.

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