Appeared in Vol. 2 No. 1
One of the most frequent arguments confronted by those who believe in absolutes is the one summed up in Stephen Schwarz’ catch phrase, “Who’s to judge?”. Sometimes a sincere question, sometimes a sneer, sometimes a direct assault, this suggestion that the confusion over logical propositions proves the absence of truth is brought into all too many conversations of a serious nature. At times the question “Who’s to judge?” or its equivalent is a casual cocktail party excuse for not risking the good ship conviviality on the hidden reefs of deep discussion. At other times, it is a clear and ultimate statement of philosophical relativism. Whatever the case, Stephen D. Schwarz provides a logical analysis here which clarifies the basic issues at stake. In so doing, he also suggests that the search for truth must go on regardless of the cost precisely because there is a truth to be found.
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