We have become increasingly aware of the importance of culture, language, history and identity, in determining our beliefs and opinions. Yet most remain convinced that their own views and opinions are not just culturally relative but are true and accurate accounts of the way things are.
Should we conclude that all forms of relativism are a mistake and insist on the importance and need to identify the true version of events, and the correctness of our own outlook? Alternatively, are some beliefs, such as morality and politics, contextual, while science remains objective? Or are all views essentially perspectival and we have no alternative to give up on the very possibility that we can be ultimately right about anything?
Founder of The Skeptics Society, Michael Shermer, author of Closure, Hilary Lawson, and Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen lock horns over the existence of truth. Hosted by Mary-Jane Rubenstein.