Hilary Putnam's View on Relativism in Context of Truth and Rationality

Keywords: Putnam, relativism, truth, rationality, rational acceptability, inconsistency, objectivity


Relativism has been discussed concerning the concepts of truth and rationality in Hilary Putnam's thoughts. Putnam suggested that truth is formed by idealizing rational acceptability. Rational acceptability is a criterion that depends on cognitive virtues and can change with human development. The relation of the sciences to the concept of conformity shows that our knowledge of the world presupposes values. Putnam considers relativism an inconsistent view in the sense that justification for truth is up to the individual. He says that at least some value judgments should be objective. He argues that some conceptual truths are not descriptions of reality, but are indisputably true. Here, he thinks that we have objectivity without an object.

How to Cite
Akdemir, Gülizar. 2022. “Hilary Putnam’s View on Relativism in Context of Truth and Rationality”. Entelekya Logico-Metaphysical Review 6 (2), 65-84. http://entelekya.org/index.php/review/article/view/78.