Holistic Alethic Pluralism: A Reformational Research Program

This essay lays out a reformational research program on the idea of truth. First it describes challenges to the idea of truth in contemporary philosophy and gives reasons why a robust conception of truth is needed. Next it presents two overriding concerns – ontological and axiological – that such a...

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Published in:Philosophia reformata
Main Author: Zuidervaart, Lambert 1950-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Brill 2016
In: Philosophia reformata
Year: 2016, Volume: 81, Issue: 2, Pages: 156-178
IxTheo Classification:VA Philosophy
VB Hermeneutics; Philosophy
Further subjects:B Truth justification propositions facts alethic pluralism analytic philosophy continental philosophy reformational philosophy
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Summary:This essay lays out a reformational research program on the idea of truth. First it describes challenges to the idea of truth in contemporary philosophy and gives reasons why a robust conception of truth is needed. Next it presents two overriding concerns – ontological and axiological – that such a conception should address. In addressing these concerns, a contemporary reformational approach will take up three sets of issues: relations between propositional truth and the discursive justification of truth claims; distinctions and connections between propositional and nonpropositional truth; and the sorts of cultural practices and social institutions within which truth occurs. My detailed response to these issues, as sketched in the last section of the essay, is to propose a holistic, normative, and structurally pluralist conception of truth, one that I call holistic alethic pluralism. Propositional truth is important but not all-important, and reformational philosophy needs to show why that is so.
ISSN:2352-8230
Contains:In: Philosophia reformata
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/23528230-08102002