Secularism, liberalism, and relativism

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Bilgrami, Akeel. (2011). Secularism, liberalism, and relativism. In In Steven D. Hales (Ed.). pp. 326 - 345 Wiley-Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781444392494.ch17
AuthorsBilgrami, Akeel
EditorsSteven D. Hales
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This chapter explores the issue of relativism in ethics and politics by looking to a specific form of ethical and political conflict – secular liberalism versus identify politics mobilized on religious identity – and asking whether only certain forms of “externalism” about reason and value (in Bernard William’s sense of that term ) can repudiate relativism. It is argued that this need not be so. There is scope for turning one’s back on relativism even within what Williams calls “internalism” about reason about reason and value.

Page range326 - 345
Year2011
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
ISBN9781405190213
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/9781444392494.ch17
Research GroupInstitute for Social Justice
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