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Expressing the Absolute: Pluralism and the World-in-Itself

Hinton, Erik C (2010) Expressing the Absolute: Pluralism and the World-in-Itself. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The received view is that absolutes lead to monisms. However, this paper argues just the opposite: there is prevalent philosophical tradition in which absolutes demand a pluralistic world of experience. We will explore this tradition starting with ancient Jewish philosophy. We will move through the 17th century rationalists and conclude by investigating how modern philosophies of language and science adopt a concept of absolutes that are only expressed in a pluralistic world.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hinton, Erik
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairEdwards, Tonytedwards@pitt.eduTEDWARDS
Committee MemberSelcer,
Committee MemberLandy, Marciamlandy@pitt.eduMLANDY
Committee MemberMachamer, Peterpkmach@pitt.eduPKMACH
Date: 13 May 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 12 April 2012
Approval Date: 13 May 2010
Submission Date: 21 April 2010
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Philosophy
David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: absolutes; analytic; bohr; feyerabend; goodman; kabbalah; kant; leibniz; philosophy; pluralism; putnam; sellars; spinoza; wittgenstein
Other ID:, etd-04212010-032724
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:40
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:41


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