TITLE

''A Relativist is an Agnostic Who Can't Understand Continuity:" A Comment on Neale

AUTHOR(S)
Ranson, Baldwin
PUB. DATE
December 1991
SOURCE
Journal of Economic Issues (Association for Evolutionary Economi;Dec91, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p1141
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper analyzes the acceptance speech of economist Walter Neale for the Veblen-Commons Award as an example of the discontinuity model. It identifies points of agreement and of disagreement with the continuity model; locates the source of disagreement; and argues that those who use the discontinuity model misunderstand the function of general propositions, which, coupled with careless use of the term value, leads them to confuse tools of analysis with products of the application of those tools. Neale's acceptance speech employed the discontinuity model to summarize what cultural relativism means to him. He argued that relativism provides a firm foundation for valuing and policy because of three axioms, and he demonstrated that position by making three personal judgments of good behavior.
ACCESSION #
18539722

 

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