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Grayling’s question

By AC Grayling   April 2007

How does one argue against a relativist?

Aristotle and Einstein have different views about the universe’s size; Torquemada and Richard Dawkins differ on religion; St Theresa of Lisieux and Cora Pearl on sexual morality. Some will think the first in each pairing is wrong and the second right; others will think the opposite. Both sides at least agree that there is a right and wrong in each case. But there are those who think that all of them are right, in their own way. These are the relativists.

Relativists thus deny the existence of objective truth. There is no truth,…

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