Rudy Goes Full-on Epistemic Relativist

Rudy Goes Full-on Epistemic Relativist August 20, 2018

I’ve long said that if you scratch a conservative who rants against epistemic relativism and underneath you’ll find a relativist. Faced with evidence or logic clearly disproving their claim and they’ll quickly begin attacking the very idea of evidence and logic. Rudy doesn’t even try to make a pretense of doing otherwise Meet the Press yesterday. It began with this amazing lack of self-awareness:

“I am not going to be rushed into having him testify so that he gets trapped into perjury,” Giuliani said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Wait, rushed into it? I thought this was all taking way too long and Mueller had to have it wrapped up by Sept. 1st? Now suddenly it’s going so fast that Trump is being rushed into make rash decisions? I love how he doesn’t even pretend to be doing anything other than contradict himself. He doesn’t even try to spin it or cover it up, just flat out A and then ~A. But his adventures in disingenuous claims is just gettig started:

“When you tell me that [Trump] should testify because he’s going to tell the truth and he shouldn’t worry, that’s so silly — because it’s somebody’s version of the truth. Not the truth,” Giuliani said.

Todd responded, “Truth is truth.”

“No, it isn’t truth. Truth isn’t truth,” Giuliani said.

Wait. Is it true that truth isn’t truth? Or is it not? And therein lies the problem with epistemic relativism — the statement “truth is not absolute” is itself an absolute truth claim. If it’s true, it’s false. Not that Rudy cares. It isn’t that truth isn’t truth, it’s that he doesn’t care what is or isn’t true, only what is useful right this minute.

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