Other ways to make the point I made in my most recent entry:
- The problem with “pluralism” is that it only applies to other beliefs. Pluralism itself must be accepted universally. It is therefore monist and not pluralist.
- It is inevitable that there is a plurality of fundamental beliefs. Today, as always, that situation must somehow be dealt with. “Pluralism” is the attempt to deal with it in a universally applicable way that solves the problem once and for all. The way it does that is by requiring each belief to recognize the equal truth of all other possible beliefs and so abolish itself as a belief. No belief that is permitted to vary is permitted to be fundamental to anything that matters. “Pluralism” is thus in fact the most antipluralistic of philosophies.
It’s worth making the point in as many ways as possible, since the illusion of tolerance and pluralism are so basic to the ways of thinking behind the current situation.