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


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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the relation between consensus and pluralism. This book criticises the consensualism of German philosopher Jürgen Habermas and suggests that it is fraught with negative potential and deserves a forceful contradiction. It examines the relation between consensus, rationality, and epistemic morality, and evaluates whether consensus is required in the pursuit of truth. It also identifies the problems of a consensus theory of truth and discusses the experiential basis of cognitive diversity and the unavoidability of pluralism.

Keywords: consensus; pluralism; Jürgen Habermas; rationality; epistemic morality; cognitive diversity

Chapter.  1397 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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