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Philosophia Christi

Volume 10, Issue 2, 2008

Responding to New Resurrection Challenges

Mark McLeod-Harrison
Pages 411-423

Hales’s Argument for Philosophical Relativism

Steven Hales defends philosophical relativism by arguing that rational intuition, Christian revelation, and shamanistic use of hallucinogens generate true but conflicting propositions. The alternatives to relativism are naturalistic nihilism and skepticism, both of which he rejects, leaving us with a limited, philosophical relativism. I summarize Hales’s position and undermine its defense by criticizing the handling of skepticism, proposing another way out of the trilemma.