Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Student Relativism

Keith Burgess-Jackson has an interesting post on what I call 'student relativism.' As I see it, SR is not so much a philosophical theory as a form of psychic insulation. An outgrowth of adolescent rebelliousness, it says: 'You can't teach me anything because truth is relative; we all have our own truths.'

Not being a philosophical theory, SR cannot be refuted in the usual ways. It is a pathology that must be outgrown. Unfortunately, we live in a society in which adolescence in many extends into the twenties, thirties, and beyond. Some remain life-long adolescents in their mentality. Many of these characters are found on the Left.