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Two bogeymen to scare the children—'relativism' and its cousin 'nihilsim'

Those of you who read this blog regularly will know that over the years I have spent a great deal of time and energy trying to understand and address the phenomena of ‘relativism’ and ‘nihilism’ (at least as they effect the kinds of issues and questions that pertain to religion). Well, this morning I read an essay by the Cambridge-based philosopher Raymond Geuss (whose work admire greatly) in which he suggests that they are both artificially constructed bogeymen of whom one shouldn't be more afraid than the spectres one might run across, say, on a Ghost Train.

His words have certainly given me some unexpected and comforting food for thought. And how funny to run across a Ghost Train just this afternoon on Midsummer Common which gave me a suitable picture to head up this post. Spooky . . .

From an interview for IIIIXIIIcalled A World Without Why—in conversation with Raymond Geuss

‘Relativism’ (and its cousin ‘nihilism’) are both bogeymen constructed artificially by philosophers to s…

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