Does Pluralism Lead to Scepticism or Syncretism?

Nicholas Rescher

in Pluralism

Published in print September 1995 | ISBN: 9780198236016
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679162 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Does Pluralism Lead to Scepticism or Syncretism?

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This chapter examines whether cognitive pluralism leads to syncretism or scepticism. It explains that scepticism holds that no alternative should be accepted and that the alternatives simply cancel one another out while syncretism proposes that all the alternatives should be accepted because those seemingly discordant positions are justified. This chapter concludes that perspectival rationalism is the most cogent policy option and the best result of pluralism, one that is rendered attractive by its substantial advantages over its rivals.

Keywords: cognitive pluralism; syncretism; scepticism; perspectival rationalism; philosophy

Chapter.  6674 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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