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Economic theories, once accepted as gospel, have broken down to become outdated relativisms.
HARRIS: At a mass the day before he was elected pope, then cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, warned against what he called the dictatorship of relativisms.
The fact that the various species of descriptive relativisms are empirical claims may tempt us to conclude that they are of little philosophical interest, but there are several reasons why this isn't so.
As such it is opposed to skepticism, to historicism and other relativisms, to all intellectual sectarianism and partisanship, and to all forms of what Berkeley called appropriately “minute philosophizing,” or the limiting of aim and method to the analysis of a plurality of small, empirically graspable and unrelated problems.