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Single Idea 23277

[catalogued under 2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 5. Objectivity]

Full Idea

One of the pillars of the new pragmatism is the thought that the standards of objectivity come into being and evolve over time, but that being historically situated in this way does not detract from their objectivity.

Gist of Idea

Modern pragmatism sees objectivity as possible, despite its gradual evolution


Cheryl Misak (Introduction to 'New Pragmatists' [2007], p.2)

Book Reference

'New Pragmatists', ed/tr. Misak,Cheryl [OUP 2009], p.2

A Reaction

This looks to me like pragmatism finally coming to its senses. I would say that being any sort of 'social construct' (beloved of cultural relativists) in no way detracts from its capacity for objectivity and truth.