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Epistemic Relativism

A Constructive Critique


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Markus Seidel
    Pages 1-6
  3. Markus Seidel
    Pages 137-191
  4. Markus Seidel
    Pages 212-213
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 214-284

About this book


Markus Seidel provides a detailed critique of epistemic relativism in the sociology of scientific knowledge. In addition to scrutinizing the main arguments for epistemic relativism he provides an absolutist account that nevertheless aims at integrating the relativist's intuition.


Epistemic relativism relativism sociology of science SSK underdetermination Strong Programme epistemic absolutism knowledge Nation sociology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of MünsterGermany

About the authors

Markus Seidel is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Münster, Germany. His research focuses on general philosophy of science, epistemology, sociology of science and sociology of knowledge.

Bibliographic information


"The relationship between the Strong Program and epistemic relativism is an important topic, and deserves the careful and informed discussion Seidel provides. Anyone interested in Strong Program relativism should come here and have a look."

-John K. Davies Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"Seidel has left no stone unturned in his attempt to get to the bottom of the epistemic relativism of the strong programme. [The book] is a sound contribution to the contemporary discussion of epistemic relativism which will have a lasting impact."

-Howard Sankey Metascience