Radical Pluralism

Noûs (forthcoming)

Aaron Segal
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Humean Supervenience is the view that there are a plurality of fundamental beings, there are no inexplicable constraints on modal space, and hence the fundamental nature of each such being is independent of those of all the rest and of the fundamental relations in which it stands to the rest, the fundamental beings stand in no fundamental causal or nomic relations, and hence the distribution of any causal or nomic relations in which they do stand globally supervenes on their fundamental natures and the non-nomic, non-causal fundamental relations in which they stand. If Humean Supervenience is true, then as A.J. Ayer put it, it's just one damn thing after another. Radical Pluralism is the view that Humean Supervenience is true, and, moreover, that none of the fundamental beings stands in any fundamental relations at all. If Radical Pluralism is true, then, as William James puts it, the world's pieces are held together by nothing more than conjunction: it's just one damn thing and another. I argue that Radical Pluralism is very likely true, conditional upon Humean Supervenience. Any philosopher pluralist enough to be Humean ought to be radically pluralistic.
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