quick guide to pluralism

by adamaphar

People believe different things. What do we do about it?

  1. Seclusionists – people don’t need to believe our thing.
  2. Inclusionists – people need to believe our thing
  3. Universalists – everyone needs to believe our thing.
  4. Universal seclusionists – our thing is the thing among all things, but we’re not going to invite you to the party.
  5. Particular seclusionists – our thing is a thing among all things, and we’re still not inviting you to the party.
  6. Passive seclusionists – we believe our thing, and if you want to join us then that’s cool.
  7. Active seclusionists – we believe our thing, and we will try to stop you from joining us.
  8. Specific inclusionists – we only want the backsliders to believe our thing.
  9. Universal inclusionists – we will try to get other people to believe our thing.
  10. Verbal universal inclusionists – we will try to convince other people to believe our thing.
  11. Violent universal inclusionists – we will try to force other people to believe our thing.
  12. Positivists – The thing is rational, so if we all think rationally we can agree on what the thing is.
  13. Post-positivists – Nothing is rational. Everyone gets their own thing, which might also be the same thing but I don’t know. Or maybe everyone’s got a piece of the thing?
  14. Relativists – tomato, tomahto, let’s call the whole thing off.
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