Goodman, Jackson, and Fricker are non-contextualist. _______, the mainstream epistemology is contextualist.

What transitional word or phrase should be put in the blank?

The best I could come with is "on the other hand", but that is for opposite views.

Any suggestion?

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    While, the mainstream ..... – user121863 Nov 6 '18 at 12:45
  • @user240918 Is comma after while required? – Sasan Nov 6 '18 at 16:56
  • @no, it is not. – user121863 Nov 6 '18 at 18:04
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    This doesn't need to be a single sentence in the first place. Just make it two sentences. Or use a semicolon instead. – Jason Bassford Nov 6 '18 at 20:10
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    It's not a single sentence, but it should be. A comma after "non-contextualist, then "while," without a comma. Better, the dependent clause should be first: "While mainstream . . ." – Zan700 Dec 18 '18 at 3:24


Goodman, Jackson, and Fricker are non-contextualist. However, the mainstream epistemology is contextualist.

The adverb "however" is the best-fitting word as it modifies the entire clause, conveying that the entire clause in someway contrasts or contradicts the information that the prior clause or sentence conveys.

Incidentally, "on the other hand" does fit there. You could aptly say "on the other hand" instead of "however" because Goodman, Jackson, and Fricker being non-contexualist is the opposite of the mainstream epistemology, which is contextualist.

Additional Notes:

Both "whereas" and "while" cannot be used as they are subordinating conjunctions. Using those words to introduce the ensuing clause turns it into a subordinate clause, a subordinate clause without a main clause, thus a fragment rather than a complete sentence.

Also, were the second sentence instead a subordinate clause, meaning the period beforehand would be changed to a comma to make it part of the prior sentence, you would not follow it with a comma. To be clear, were you to use either "whereas" or "while," the two sentences would have to be combined into one sentence: "Goodman, Jackson, and Fricker are non-contextualist, whereas/while the mainstream epistemology is contextualist."

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Try "whereas" (or just but, or however)

in contrast or comparison with the fact that.

"you treat the matter lightly, whereas I myself was never more serious"

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  • "whereas" and "but" has the meaning of "contrast". But here we do not have "contrasting". It is just about where to find two opposition groups of views. – Sasan Nov 6 '18 at 18:05
  • Don’t overthink it. Many words will do. – Xanne Sep 14 '19 at 5:19
  • You can't start that sentence with "whereas." "Whereas" isn't an adverb. It's a subordinating conjunction. Putting "whereas" at the head of that sentence makes it a fragment, a subordinate clause without a main clause. – Benjamin Harman Sep 14 '19 at 5:46

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