Three Steps Towards Absolutism

  • J. L. Mackie
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 157)


Quite a number of philosophers of science have argued, in recent years, for at least some kind of absolutism about space or time or space-time; but most philosophers who do not specialize in this area seem to take a relativist view, and indeed a fairly extreme form of relativism, to be simply obvious, or to be established beyond the need for controversy. This paper is addressed primarily to such general philosophers, and its purpose is at least to disturb their complacency.


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    See, for example, my ‘Truth and Knowability’, Analysis 40 (1980), 90–92.Google Scholar
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    Letter from Adam Smith to William Strahan dated November 9, 1776, in Hume’s Dialogues concerning Natural Religion, ed. by Norman Kemp Smith, London, 1947, pp. 243–8.Google Scholar

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