Jack Meiland

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Jack W. Meiland (1934–1998) was an American philosopher and educator. As a philosopher, Meiland is best known for his analyses of relativism, particularly on cognitive relativism. Meiland is also known for a "salvage operation" from the "paradox of relativism", the claim that relativists be absolutists about relativism.

From 1962 to 1997, Meiland taught at the Philosophy Department at the University of Michigan, where he was appointed Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in 1988.

In the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LS&A), Meiland served as Director of the Honors Program and then as the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Long-Range Planning.[1]


  • Scepticism and Historical Knowledge (1965)
  • Talking About Particulars (1970)
  • Nature of Intention (1970)
  • College Thinking: How to Get the Best Out of College (1981)
  • Relativism, Cognitive and Moral (1982), editor with Michael Krausz

See also[edit]


  • Obituary
  • Louis E. Loeb, "Jack W. Meiland, 1934-1998", Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association, Vol. 73, No. 2 (November 1999), pp. 124-126


  1. ^ Professor Jack Meiland retires