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Relativism and Alethic Functionalism

(Original title: Relativism and Alethic Functionalism)
Organon F, 2007, vol. 14, No 1, pp. 53-71.
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The essay is an attempt to offer a version of conceptual relativism that escapes Donald Davidson’s (widely thought) decisive criticisms of the notion of “conceptual scheme”. Two variants of relativism are distinguished, a weaker and a stronger one, and a clear formulation of what a strong version amounts to is put forward. The concrete proposal involves accepting a version of alethic pluralism. After discussing alethic pluralism in general, and after exploring both strong and weak versions of it, a suitable version is presented: alethic functionalism. The final part offers an illustration of how embracing alethic functionalism may help the relativist.

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