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Development Work and Postmodernist Thinking: Is there no absolute right or wrong?

This is a short reflection that I wrote for one of my courses during grad school:

 

“At the heart of postmodernism lies a patent self-contradiction. It expects us to accept, as absolute truth, that there are no absolute truths. We should note this common, fatally flawed characteristic of relativistic thinking: it tries to exclude itself from its own pronouncements” (Lennox, 2015, p. 39).

 

Relativism is an interesting and alluring thought, particularly for us who work in diverse settings. We see more gray areas than perhaps any other color in the spectrum of life. The temptation is to say that one can never truly know what is right or that there is even such a thing as a right action. This thinking will inevitably stumble upon a dead end.

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