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A Democratic Theory of Judgment$
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Linda M. G. Zerilli

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226397849

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226398037.001.0001

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What on Earth Is a “Form of Life”? Judging “Alien” Cultures According to Peter Winch

What on Earth Is a “Form of Life”? Judging “Alien” Cultures According to Peter Winch

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(p.208) Eight What on Earth Is a “Form of Life”? Judging “Alien” Cultures According to Peter Winch
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A Democratic Theory of Judgment
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Linda M. G. Zerilli

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226398037.003.0008

Peter Winch is typically taken to endorse relativism based on Wittgenstein's notion of a form of life. This chapter contests such readings of Winch and argues that "form of life" should not be understood as a hermeneutical bubble of sorts. Instead, Winch like Wittgenstein before him has a highly dynamic conception of language as a form of life and one that is open to translation and judgment across cultures.

Keywords:   Peter Winch, form of life, Jürgen Habermas, relativism

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