Epistemological relativism: MacIntyre, Putnam and Rorty
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
First Committee Member
Harvey Siegel - Committee Chair
This work is a critical study of epistemological relativism in the philosophies of Alasdair MacIntyre, Hilary Putnam and Richard Rorty. First, I argue that epistemological relativism is highly problematic and ought to be rejected. Second, I present an exposition of the presence of epistemological relativism in the major works of MacIntyre, Putnam and Rorty. Third, I examine the three-way debate between these thinkers regarding the presence of epistemological relativism in their works. I argue that to the extent that each philosopher holds to epistemological relativism, major revisions are required in their epistemologies. I conclude with an account of how a coherent epistemology can be constructed that is free from the difficulties of epistemological relativism.
Mosteller, Timothy Mark, "Epistemological relativism: MacIntyre, Putnam and Rorty" (2002). Dissertations from ProQuest. 1819.