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About

Relativism is an ancient philosophical doctrine which has recurred time and again in the history of philosophy. It has also transcended the boundaries of that discipline, for it has shaped much of the methodology in anthropology and sociology, as well as in critical theory and literary studies. 

While often advocated for its supposed tolerance of differences, relativism has profound consequences for how we think of reality, for the possibility of knowledge, both in the factual and in the moral domain, and may engender the practice of double standard. 

If a wind is hot for me and cold for you and none of us is at fault, does this mean that reality is always perspectival, or that it admits of contradictory descriptions? If a belief turns out to be justified when evaluated within a certain epistemic system (such as religion, for instance), while it turns out to be unjustified if assessed from within a different one (science, say), does relativism undermine the very possibility of knowledge? If an action can be morally permissible within an ethical system and not so within a different one, does that challenge the idea that there are moral truths and moral progress? 

These are some of the questions we will engage in during the Relativism offered by Coursera in partnership with University of California Irvine, while considering examples taken from the history of science, such as the Bellarmine-Galileo dispute, and from everyday life.

Using these approaches, no matter what your skill levels in topics you would like to master, you can change your thinking and change your life.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 1 months
    • Duration description
      • Approx. 10 hours to complete
      • Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3 hours/week
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

In this course, learners will:

  • Explore the concept of Relativism
  • Discuss the role of Relativism in contemporary society
  • Identify common responses to Relativism
  • Compare/Contrast various forms of Relativism 
  • Recognize how epistemic relativism can be used to explain important events in the history of science and crucial discoveries in anthropology
  • Create a presentation with your personal perspective on one of the forms of relativism

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Intermediate Level

Tuition Fee

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Funding

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