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pluriverse (plural pluriverses)

  1. Synonym of multiverse.
    1. The world, considered as lacking uniformity.
      • 1964, José Amado Benardete, Infinity: An Essay in Metaphysics, page 151:
        In which case we shall have some grounds for asserting that ours is a cyclic infinite pluriverse containing denumerably many Spaces.
      • 1993, Robert W. Burch, Herman J. Saatkamp, Frontiers in American Philosophy - Volume 1, page 20:
        But I shall not speculate about sources; suffice it to say that, as I read these essays, when I conceive of the table as having atoms scattered through it, those atoms are also part of the pluriverse.
      • 2013, Adam S. Miller, Speculative Grace: Bruno Latour and Object-Oriented Theology, →ISBN, page 15:
        An experimental metaphysics, rather than preformatting the world, encourages the untidy proliferation of as many objects and actors as the universe (or, better, pluriverse) can muster.
    2. A set of all possible universes.
      • 2007, Dean Zimmerman, Oxford Studies in Metaphysics:Volume 3, page 84:
        My account of worlds so far does not allow for the possibility of many universes within a single pluriverse.
      • 2012, D. Savat, Uncoding the Digital: Technology, Subjectivity and Action in the Control Society, →ISBN:
        Instead, it develops a semantics of counterfactual propositions, opening up onto a pluriverse of alternative event-contingent worlds. If x were to occur, what world would we be living in?
      • 2015, Barry Loewer, Jonathan Schaffer, A Companion to David Lewis, →ISBN, page 382:
        The master argument of On the Plurality of Worlds is that a pluriverse composed of infinitely many concrete universes constitutes a “paradise for philosophers” wherein “we find the wherewithal to reduce the diversity of notions we must accept as primitive, and thereby to improve the unity and economy of the theory that is our professional concern - total theory, the whole of what we take to be true."
  2. (economics) The plurality of economic systems in the world, and the reaction between them.
  3. (more generally) Any large non-homogenous domain.
    • 2002, Lee Hoinacki, Carl Mitcham, The Challenges of Ivan Illich: A Collective Reflection, →ISBN, page 141:
      Or about re-encountering and understanding afresh the profound relevance of Illich's insights at the grassroots, in the pluriverse of millions of peoples decried and denigrated as "uneducated" and "illiterate"?
    • 2012, Ingo Venzke, How Interpretation Makes International Law, →ISBN:
      In the end it has left actors with the suggestion that they be mindful of the repercussions of their actions in a grand normative pluriverse.
    • 2013, J.H. Grainger, Tony Blair and the Ideal Type, →ISBN:
      Politics without commitment to ends or beliefs is not possible. Passion is a culminating state of mind, a fusing of wrath and zeal in a stable bu tvehement subjectivity propelling decisions in a tumultuous pluriverse of values, perhaps charismatically graced or charged but, at the same time, objectively and responsibly channelled.
    • 2014, Richard Stahler-Sholk, Harry E. Vanden, Marc Becker, Rethinking Latin American Social Movements: Radical Action from Below, →ISBN:
      That process of creating new social subjects does not assume that identities and interests flow mechanically from class positions, but recognizes the pluriverse of overlapping identities (intersectionality) that include experiences filtered through lenses of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, generation, religious/spiritual outlook, and cosmosvision.

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