Styles of Reasoning, Human Forms of Life, and Relativism

  title={Styles of Reasoning, Human Forms of Life, and Relativism},
  author={Luca Sciortino},
  journal={International Studies in the Philosophy of Science},
  pages={165 - 184}
  • Luca Sciortino
  • Published 2 April 2016
  • Philosophy
  • International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
ABSTRACT The question as to whether Ian Hacking’s project of scientific styles of thinking entails epistemic relativism has received considerable attention. However, scholars have never discussed it vis-à-vis Wittgenstein. This is unfortunate: not only is Wittgenstein the philosopher who, together with Foucault, has influenced Hacking the most, but he has also faced the same accusation of ‘relativism’. I shall explore the conceptual similarities and differences between Hacking’s notion of style… 

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