[MaFLa] invitation to a talk on `Towards A Community of the Plural: Philosophical Pluralism, Hermeneutics and Practice.`by Nicholas Davey - 5 November, 5.30 PM

Krisztina Biber Biberk at ceu.hu
Wed Oct 30 14:01:44 CET 2013

The CEU Department of Philosophy cordially invites you to a talk 
(as part of its Departmental Colloquium series)
Nicholas Davey (University of Dundee) 
`Towards A Community of the Plural: Philosophical Pluralism,
Hermeneutics and Practice.`
Tuesday, 5 November, 2013, 5.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412
It would be difficult to deny the pressing relevance of the questions,
“What is pluralism?” and, “How is pluralism to be thought?”
Tellingly, the notable political analyst Simon Jenkins of The Guardian
wrote recently of the Syrian situation, that the “differences between
Sunni and Shia are intractable” for (and this for our purposes was the
key remark) “the acceptance of pluralism relativises truth.”[1] (
) The comment betrays a common line of reasoning: to acknowledge a
pluralism of values, norms and/or epistemic norms leads inexorably to
relativism and nihilism. Although it is flattering for philosophy that
one of its concepts should gain such notoriety, that alone should
perhaps prompt caution. The defining question of this paper is,
accordingly, “Does pluralism necessarily lead to relativism?”
Furthermore, “Does pluralism represent an intractable problem for
hermeneutics’ quest for understanding or is its methodological
scepticism to be welcomed?” 

[1] (
) Simon Jenkins, The Guardian, 29 May 2013, p. 26. 
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