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Nikolaj J.L.L. Pedersen and Cory D. Wright

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780195387469

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387469.001.0001

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A Plurality of Pluralisms

A Plurality of Pluralisms

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Truth and Pluralism

Crispin Wright

Oxford University Press

This chapter distinguishes four modes of alethic pluralism—simple alethic, family—resemblance, network analysis, and conferral pluralism—discuss them vis-à-vis several fundamental concepts—CONCEPT, PREDICATE, and PROPERTY—and considers objections before developing a version of conferral pluralism. Many philosophers compare truth and winning. Different things amount to winning in different games, but it is not a family-resemblance concept—no network of overlapping features tie together what it is to win games. Following Douglas Edwards’s suggestion, it’s argued that certain conditionals are true of truth in different regions of discourse just as they are of games: winning and speaking truth consists in doing or saying different domain-specific things. These constitutive relationships are necessities: they surface in the (conceptual) necessity of the kind of conditionals illustrated. Conferral is entailment within the scope of a hypothesis, or within the scope of a master antecedent. The embedded conditional holds in all worlds where the master antecedent is true.

Keywords:   alethic pluralism, analogy, conferral, Douglas Edward, family resemblance, Michael Lynch, mixed inferences, mixed compounds, network analysis, Truth & Objectivity

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