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April 25, 2022 1 min read


The meme shows a connotation of perspectivism, namely moral perspectivism. By perspectivism we understand the epistemological principle that perception of and knowledge about something is always tied to the interpretive perspectives of those who observe it. While perspectivism does not view all perspectives and interpretations as equally true or equally valid, it holds that no one has access to an absolute view of the world that is detached from perspective.

Thus, rather than attempting to determine truth by correspondence to things outside any perspective, perspectivism generally attempts to determine truth by comparing and evaluating perspectives to one another. (Moral) perspectivism can be seen as an early form of epistemological pluralism.

We can also distinguish between individual and collective perspectivism. It is easy to show that certain cultures accept moral ideas as fundamental, while elsewhere the same code may seem utterly absurd. In doing so, it becomes clear that we cannot reduce perspectivism as a form of relativism or even the rejection of a moral concept as objective fact. There are simply multiple conceptions that are, as it were, coexistent, not immediately "true" but, for all practical purposes, justified.

While perspectivism presents a number of challenges to the nature of truth, its more controversial element lies in its questioning of the value of truth. This becomes a posterior parameter of evaluation in the context of a moral perspectivism.

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