, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 99–105 | Cite as

How not to write an introduction to relativism

Bernd Irlenborn: Relativismus. Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter GmbH, 2016, 152pp, $35.00 PB
  • Markus Seidel
Review Essay

For some years now, De Gruyter has edited the series Grundthemen Philosophie, Basic Issues in Philosophy, which provides the German-speaking philosophical community with truly wonderful introductions to the most widely debated philosophical topics. The books in this series are usually written by those German-speaking philosophers who, without any doubt, are experts in the field they are writing about, and the books—as I can tell by experience—work great in seminars. Given these facts I was quite enthusiastic when I was contacted and asked by Metascience to write a review on the volume Relativismus(Relativism) written by Bernd Irlenborn, a theologian based at the University of Paderborn. Unfortunately, after reading the volume and using it as required reading in one of my seminars I was deeply disappointed: the book is unsuitable as an introduction to the issue of relativism and contains so many basic flaws that I have to wonder whether it went through a serious peer-review process....


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of MünsterMünsterGermany

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