Basic and Secondary Relativistic Statements

“Basic relativistic statement: There are no absolute truths.

So may I know if this statement “There are no absolute truths” is absolutely true?

  • If it is false, then it is false that “there are no absolute truths”, thus there are absolute truths and relativism is thus falsified.
  • If it true sometimes but not always true, then sometimes it is false that “there are no absolute truths”. Therefore, there are some absolute truths, and relativism is thus falsified.
  • If is absolutely true that “there are no absolute truths”, then there is at least one absolute truth, namely “there is no absolute truths”

The relativist may respond by saying that asserting that there are no absolute truths will lead to such a contradiction. However, if he is unsure of the truth of such a statement, then it will be OK. Therefore, to the question of whether such a statement: “there are no absolute truths” is true, they would be agnostic. However, this does not solve their problem. Their new statement is:

Secondary Relativistic statement: No one can know anything for sure.

So may I ask if you do know if this statement is correct for sure?

  • If you do know that this statement is true for sure, then you know at least one thing for sure, that the statement ” No one can know anything for sure” is true
  • If you do know that this statement is false, then relativism is false.
  • If you don’t know if this statement is false, then this statement is false, since this statement expresses such a view: ” No one can know anything for sure”. Therefore, relativism is false.

In conclusion, we can see that for both statements, relativism has been shown to be illogical and self-defeating.”

(Relativism: Analysis and Critique)

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